‘Assassin’s Creed’ May Get ‘Safe House’ Director Daniel Espinosa

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Gamers have been waiting too long for a truly great movie based on a video game, and many are hoping that Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation will be able to start a new trend. Michael Fassbender is set to produce and star in the movie, the script for which was penned by playwright Michael Lesslie with rewrites by Minority Report screenwriter Scott Frank.

It’s not yet known for sure who Fassbender will be playing (he’s not a bad fit for the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag), but details will likely become clearer soon as distributor Twentieth Century Fox has set an August 2015 release date - which means that filming should ideally begin no later this summer.

Now the slow-moving gears on this production may finally be picking up. According to a report by Twitch Film, there has been “persistent talk” that Safe House director Daniel Espinosa – a Swedish filmmaker who first gained attention in the US with crime drama Easy Money - is being strongly considered to helm Assassin’s Creed.

This is definitely good news. Safe House had its problems but they were mostly to do with the script, and Espinosa’s directorial flair stood out as one of the film’s highlights. It had some great action pacing as well as an incredibly brutal fight scene between Ryan Reynolds and Joel Kinnaman, so it’s easy to understand why the producers of Assassin’s Creed would be interested in Espinosa as a director. As a caveat, however, it sounds like Espinosa is only being considered at the moment and is not yet in proper talks for the job.

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Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in ‘Safe House’

Though the title might suggest that the Assassin’s Creed games are all about the killing, there’s quite a bit more to them than immediately meets the eye. The franchise blends historical drama with very modern sci-fi, as the player steps into the shoes of a modern-day bartender, Desmond Miles, who is descended from a long line of Assassins and can access their life experiences through the use of a machine called the Animus, which unlocks his genetic memory.

This central conceit has taken the series to a range of times and places: Syria and Israel during the Crusades; Renaissance Italy; 16th century Constantinople; the American Revolution; and, most recently, the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. The Assassin’s Creed movie could take place in any of these settings – or none of them. UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet has said plainly that none of the studio’s upcoming video game movies will be direct adaptations of specific games, and will instead tell completely new stories.

There are plenty of directors who could put an interesting spin on Assassin’s Creed, but Espinosa is a solid choice and if the producers and Twentieth Century Fox end up giving him the job then it will keep the film high on the list of the most promising titles of 2015.


Assassin’s Creed will be released in theaters on August 7th, 2015.

Source: Twitch Film

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  1. Quite excited for this movie. Loved the Assassins Creed franchise, though I strongly liked Ezio storyline more than any of the protagonist in the series. You got a brilliant actor on the project, Fassbender will do an incredible job as the assassin protagonist. Would love if they set in the same time around the first Assassins Creed.

    • I agree!!! I hope they do set it in the Renaissance time with Ezio as the protagonist.

      • I think Oscar Issac would nail it as Ezio.

    • Agreed.

  2. I have wanted a movie based off this series since the start… however with them stating it won’t be a direct adaptation from any of the specific games really worries me. That right there tells me they will find a way to screw this up. I really want this to be good. I have no problem with Fassbender he is awesome. I just want them to pick a story from the game either Altair or Ezio first and go from there. Their story doesn’t have to be EXACTLY the same just don’t create a new character and call it Assassin’s Creed. I want to love this movie as I love the games.

    • I have to disagree. I think you can make an Assassins Creed movie and introduce a new character. Fassbenber doesn’t resemblance to the likes of Altair and Ezio. We already see these kind of characters in the game, I don’t want them to straight up copy or perhaps have the same name as those characters and change the story. Assassins Creed isn’t just about Altair or Ezio, it expand itself to tell different stories about an Assassin. What’s so wrong with having to introduce a new character? In the game, we went from Altair to Ezio, etc. We have that DLC for Assassins Creed 4 and it introduce a new character that doesn’t connect to Desmond.

  3. I think Fassbender will play Desmond Miles, not the past assassins

    • I doubt Desmond Miles will even be in the film, given the events of AC3.

      • He was the main character of the first 5 games, and an important character as well. He will be in the movie 100%, and magneto will play him you will see

        • I repeat, given the events of AC3, and the 21/12/2012 tie-in, I very much doubt he will be in the film…

          • Unless it’s set prior to the events of AC3.

  4. Looking forward to this, the problem with too many of the previous Computer Game adaptations is that things like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter were chosen, not exactly known for their story. The fact Ubisoft is keeping a good deal of control on this should be a good thing as well.

  5. Fassbender as Captain Kenway? No. Nononononono. I really like the Fass but IMHO: get authentic ethnic actors to portray the Assassins. And he’s too old to play Desmond.

    I hope Sony is kind of playing at putting this movie into the canon of the AC storyline. perhaps a bridging between AC5 and AC6 or a separate character working at Abstergo working on a different Animus project while AC4 is happening. There’s a LOT to explore here that could be very exciting in building up more of the game world for the fans while being a standalone story that anyone can access and enjoy.

    I think you need to leave out the sci-fi aspect, tho. That could get iffy when you’re already juggling a modern intrigue story and a historical action story.

    • Well Captain Kenway is white and British, which means that Fassbender is ethnically authentic enough to play him.

      I kind of agree about the sci-fi aspect, though. The Animus worked well in the games because it provided a pretty clever explanation for game elements like the health bar and database. They could include a modern plotline in the film but it’s not really necessary.

  6. one of the few games i think that can be adapted to screen due to it backstory

  7. I could care less about assassin’s creed, I want the splinter cell film we’ve been teased with since the beginning. Give us that, but I guess all the kids want Creed.

    • Splinter Cell Movie, say no more that I want to really see

  8. Whatever make this s*** happen !