Michael Fassbender on Status of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie

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Adapting a hit video game franchise for the big screen is always tricky. Case in point, most films based on video games are considered weak in comparison, and even fewer manage to develop into long-standing film franchises (Resident Evil being a notable exception).

So when acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender became attached to produce and star in the film version of  popular Assassin’s Creed game series, fans breathed a sigh of relief that perhaps – this time, at least – their beloved property would receive the serious, quality film treatment it deserved. Yet, Fassbender’s involvement hasn’t kept the film from a bumpy road to production rife with writer change-ups and a release date that has already been pushed back several times.

Now, courtesy of IGN, Fassbender has offered an update on the project and addressed rumors that he’s no longer involved in the film. Here’s what he had to say:

“I love these rumors! It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”

It’s difficult to say exactly what’s behind the slow movement on the project, though Fassbender’s busy schedule may be a contributing factor. The actor has several films in various stages of development, including his role as Magneto in the X-Men franchise and Prometheus 2. However, whenever Assassin’s Creed does happen, Fassbender assures fans that the film will capture the spirit and tone of the games.

“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, ‘This is so rich,’ and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”

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The games – which take place throughout several different historical eras – would indeed prove a challenge to adapt for any filmmaker, given both the wealth of material and the fact that the central character taps into the memories of his ancestors. This could make a film adaptation more difficult to nail down than in a conventional narrative, but Fassbender maintains that director Justin Kurzel – who was reportedly attached to the film earlier this year and worked with Fassbender on Macbeth - would be a solid choice.  

“I just think that there’s one thing Justin should be doing, and that’s directing. I know that from working with him on Macbeth. He’s just fantastic in terms of his vision. Adam, the [director of photography] that he works with, is amazing. They’ve got a great shorthand; that’s essential. He’s fantastic with actors and each department. He’s a real heavyweight.”

Fans may have to wait a bit longer for the Assassin’s Creed film to come together, but based on Fassbender’s words and his apparent passion for the games’ core premise, it sounds like he’s determined to make the project work. We’ve discussed before how much promise lies in the future of video game movies, and Assassin’s Creed is certainly one of the more high-profile opportunities to realize that.

Do Fassbender’s comments make you confident that the inevitable Assassin’s Creed film will be worth the wait? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Assassin’s Creed is currently set for release in August 7, 2015. Stay tuned for updates on this project as it develops.

Source: IGN

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  1. Please dont fcked this up. I played the entire Assassins Creed series and I am a die hard fan of the franchise.. Just dont fcked this up.

    • We Resident Evil and Silent Hill fans understand your fear. But it is inevitable. Either you end up hating the entire series, or you ignore the film.

      Take your pick.

  2. Thanks for confirming this.

  3. Just use the plot from ACII, which is generally one of the best in series, with THE best character in the series. The game’s ending leaves it wide open for a sequel, and the “escape from Eden” clips can be worked in to bring about the larger mythology.

    • Amen.

      It’s the best game and the best AC story.

    • You, sir, are 100% correct. AC2 is possibly the most perfect game ever, not just within the AC universe.

  4. I know multiple kids that have this game and really enjoy it. I think, if they want this movie to be successful, they need to make this a PG-13 movie. They can push the limits with gore, like having the action being done then switch to a scene where its not visible but show blood. I hope they stick with this source material, AND MICHAEL FOR THE LEAD ROLE!!!!

    • Michael IS in the lead role, as well as helping to produce it. It was one of the very first things to be confirmed, which shows his commitment to making it work on both sides of the camera.

      Whether he’ll play any of the game characters or an original assassin created for the film is anyone’s guess.

    • PG-13 suits me, this movie cannot survive on gore, best focus on a serious story to compliment Fassbenders acting ability. They should probably do Fassassins Creed 1.. it would give the writers quite a bit of artistic freedom when Ass Creed 2 is basically written scene for scene already.

    • Well, the way I see it anyway, they should make a movie that pleases fans while being an individual in the franchise universe. If it happens to be a rated R movie, then so be it. The games are rated M anyway, so the parents clearly don’t seem to mind.

  5. They should have made this into a HBO series. How are they going to fit all that story in one movie?

    • Obvious Mr. Fassbender has serious respect for this projet and devoted to making something great. mushrooms I concur, however a trilogy would get the job done and IMO I would think this has been discussed!

  6. @ Mushrooms they wont all the history in one film just set it in one time period:I hope they use Wood kid’s music since they have IRON and The Golden AGE songs respectively.

  7. @ Mushrooms they wont use all the history in one film just set it in one time period:I hope they use Wood kid’s music since they have IRON and The Golden AGE songs respectively.

  8. I hope this does not turn into Assassin’s Crud. Yes, I will give it a watch.

  9. Hope it’s Rated-R like the games. Whit all swords and stuff, PG-13 would not work.

    • I hope for R, but seriously doubt it. Mainstream movies like LOTR are always Pg13 for the larger audience, and often crammed with swordplay and death and violence. I would argue that telling a brutal war story in the sub-R rating is deeply inappropriate as it is distastefully antiseptic, but it’s commonplace for sure.

      • For fantasy like LotR PG-13 is fine, but game is for adults and so should movie too. The kids who have played the games can handle R-rating. But yeah… Bisnes is bisnes and money talks. But if Prometheus with R-rating and budget over 100m can make good money, there should no be problems with this to make it. AC is big money making game franchise so flopping is higly unlike no matter is it R or not.

        • Generally speaking, an R rating is too much to hope for. When a film can go either way, a PG 13 cut is all but inevitable because the audience is so much larger. If it’s a softened cut in the end, then the most we might hope for is an unrated or R rated home release. These days I doubt R is seriously considered for a mainstream film unless it seems inevitable. Heck, we get war stories, horror movies and action extravaganzas all being nerfed for PG13. It’s usually bad news. I agree that AC ought to be R, and more to the point, adult oriented, but I would be surprised if it is. I’d settle for it being good and honoring the source material. Fassbender has proven he can pull his weight for sure.

  10. This could be very good, but it’s the schedule I wonder about with the rumours about Fassbender starring in the Nietzsche bio-pic still persisting.

  11. Michael Fassbender seems to have respect for this material. It could work

  12. fingers cross

  13. We were suppose to protect Them!!!!

  14. Still feel like it would’ve been better off as an anthropology series on HBO or Showtime or AMC but I guess this’ll do.

    • I meant anthology series, sorry.

  15. This should be canned. Assbender is a good actor but has zero charisma. He was good as a robot because he is uninteresting. As an ensemble he could shine but he is not leading man material.

    Ezio’s story is the best. The only character to get a trilogy.

    But as most of Ubisoft’s stories. A new medium means a new story entirely.

  16. D E A D S P A C E! ! ! but yeah the story behind Assassins is deep enough to make a really good movie especially with Fassbender attached to it…

  17. -_- Does anybody else found it really retarded and dumb that they keep on searching their Desmond actor when they literally used Francisco Randez’s face to make Desmond face .I’m 100% positive that Francisco would not spit on being the principal actor of a kick ass movie like Assassin’s Creed-_- Plus Francisco even has a similar past as Desmond ! They both were Bartender X)

    Btw if they really want a kick ass actor to play the assassin part they could get Rick Boer FOR GOD SAKE Rick made a Cosplay 100% same as Altair in the game . They even worked together to make the actual assassin’s costumes.

    Sometimes i feel like film director REALLY want to piss you off by making it all different and special when all we want is something really closer to the game that can also catch people’s attention to the games !

    Rick Boer’s cosplay of Altair : https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9og3sb77K1r4fggfo3_500.gif