‘Assassin’s Creed’ Script to be Revised by ‘Wolverine’ Co-Writer

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If the stigma associated with video game movies is indicative of anything, it’s that it’s not all that easy to take something that worked in an FPS or survival horror game and translate it onto the big screen. Of the many games out there that could potentially be turned into movies, however, Assassin’s Creed is one franchise that seems like it might acquiesce well to adaptation, with its story-driven gameplay and sweeping historical landscapes.

Apparently Ubisoft thought the same thing, as the new film production branch of the video game company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, will launch its roster of video game movies with an adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, produced by and starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class). This project has been in the works for a while, but has gained a lot of traction and already has a scheduled release date for summer 2015.

There was already a script for Assassin’s Creed in existence, written by Michael Lesslie, but it seems that a few revisions are in order before the cameras start rolling. Speaking in an interview with Creative Screenwriting about his work on The Wolverine, Scott Frank revealed that Assassin’s Creed is his latest major project:

“I’m rewriting Assassin’s Creed right now, and what I love about it is that I’ve never adapted a video game before and it has its own set of challenges. Especially in the world of rewrites, I love trying to do something completely different if I can.”

Frank is no stranger to adaptation, having co-written the script for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film version of the Philip K. Dick novel Minority Report. While hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans might baulk at Frank’s mention of making the film completely different to the games, it’s probably going to be necessary to shake things up a little when translating the essence of the franchise from an interactive medium to a non-interactive one, and Frank is a solid choice of screenwriter.

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Assassin’s Creed is a particularly exciting project for a writer to work on, since the premise of the series allows for great scope in both locations and time periods that can be explored. The games so far have centered around a bartender called Desmond Miles who is kidnapped by a powerful corporation called Abstergo Industries (a front for the modern-day Templars) and is forced to use a machine called the Animus that taps into his genetic memories and allows him to relive the lives of his ancestors, including stoic 12th century Assassin, Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, and an Italian Renaissance playboy called Ezio Auditore.

Before trying to guess at which actors might end up in which roles (Kristen Bell, for example, had a fairly prominent role in the first few games), it’s worth remembering that UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet has already confirmed that neither Assassin’s Creed nor any of the other upcoming Ubisoft movie adaptations will retell the stories from the video games they’re based on. Instead, Baronnet promised, “We will create a brand new story. Every time.” This means that while the Assassin’s Creed movie will likely revolve around the same rivalry between the Assassins and Templars and the use of the Animus technology, there’s no guarantee that characters from the game will appear in the movie.

Do you like the idea of Frank starting with a new story and giving the movie its own unique feel, or do you want Assassin’s Creed to be as faithful to the games as possible?


Assassin’s Creed is out in theaters on June 19, 2015.

Source: Creative Screenwriting (via VGF)

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  1. I don’t really like the Assassin’s Creed franchise to be honest, I always thought it was kinda boring, that’s just me though. There’s definitely loads of others who find it awesome.

    The premise and idea of the franchise always intrigued me I have to admit. Maybe I’ll end up liking the movie. Plus Michael Fassbender is the lead, that’s already enough for me. I’ve never heard of writer, Michael Lesliee, has he done anything else?

    • You know, I hated the first game when I bought it. I got through a couple missions in Damascus and put it down as being too repetitious. But when 3 came out I decided to pick it up again and force myself through it.

      I have to say that the second game is WAY better than the first. And 3 is downright amazing. Probably some of the best storytelling in any RPG I’ve played and very much a cross between the Tomb Raider remake and Skyrim. It’s also really well acted — not just voice but also graphically. For example, one scene almost at the very end of the game plays out without a single word being uttered yet is layered with nuance.

      Against my expectations, I’ve become a huge fan of the series. All five titles so far have woven a really interesting mythos and managed to make history genuinely interesting at the same time.

      • Exactly. First game was not great, but it set the stage for something amazing. I actually played AC 2 and Brotherhood before I ever picked up AC 1, and I still couldn’t get into AC 1. I don’t like Altair as a person and the environment was just not that great.

  2. Why do they even call it adapting to motion picture when they are going to change everything. The AC story is great, there’s not much to adapt. This is why our favorite games will never be movies.

    • I would never want a step by step adaptation of a video game story. Why would I go to a movie when I already know what’s going to happen? In my opinion, that makes the movie almost useless.

      • This is exactly my thought. AC is without a doubt my favorite game franchise, so I know every detail to the stories. I don’t want a movie that follows the games every step because that would be lame. Make the story based on the games, not movie version of the games.

      • Exactly. As long as it stays true to the AC universe, then I will be okay with it. At least mention the other going-ons in the universe to make sure it stays in the same storyline.

  3. Look at Resident Evil. Great game, okay movie. Than the sequels came and killed any reality of a decent story that the games provided. The movie could of been the Walking Dead of that time. Aliens vs Predator movies; worst thing since New Coke. Hitman couldn’t even make a sequal. Do we want the same for Assassins Creed?

    The movie should be faithful like the Harry Potter films are to the books. Books turned into movies have a huge success rate, mainly because they are faithful to the ones who wrote the books. Let’s do the same for once, with video games that are turned into movies. Its the reason why we fell in love with the game in the first place, right?

  4. ac is awesome they should so use woodkid iron song for the trailer again make it more epic

  5. Im a big fan of the series, but I feel this will end up being another Max Payne or Hitman…..forgettable.

  6. I’d consider watching it on Netflix if it looked good, although beyond the name I don’t know much about it, other than that it comes from a video game. My son is hoping for a halo movie someday. So what’s next…Frogger? Pac- Man?

    • If you think Frogger or Pac Man are next, you must be very out of touch with video games.

  7. Brilliant story, crappy gameplay.

    A movie based on this game needs to be epic, I’m talking Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of The Rings epic, if not it’ll just be another Hitman.

  8. I think this could be a really good movie. Really good. But take out the Desmond stuff. Not that it’s bad, but it takes away a lot of screen time from the characters we really care about: the Assassin(whoever it is). And Desmond only serves to give the different games some connectedness. He would only be helpful in a trilogy or something. But hes not necessary in the stories of the individual assassins. Besides, the stuff with the First civilization is stupid and would not work well for a movie.

  9. So basically the movie will suck because all Wolverine movies have sucked!

    • You do realise they made one after Origins, right? So in fact, not all Wolverine movies have sucked.

  10. So does this mean that 75% of the movie will be great and it will flop in the last 25%?

  11. I really only liked the arc of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Desmond’s Italian ancestor who had a story that was covered from Assassin’s Creed II all the way to Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

    Didn’t care much for Altair or Connor. Connor was somewhat interesting and it would give them a chance to do more movies about the American Revolution.

  12. I would love to see Ezio on the big screen, it will be a bit of a let down if the movie doesn’t center around him. And I will also be upset if they have Altair as the main character, because I never liked him much. Whatever they do, I’m sure I’ll watch it, I love the games.

  13. I guess we should look forward to more robotic vikkains

  14. Assbender is overrated, he is an okay actor in an era of not so great actors.
    They will screw this up. He will never pull of Desmond and will never, never ever be a good Ezio.

    This fool will twist the movie’s plot like it was a Highlander reboot, mark my words.

    • I agree 100%, he is a good robot, whoopty fn do. Might as well have gotten Keanu Reeves. He has no charm and is not really leading man material. None of the roles have been starring roles only a co-star on franchises. This will be a mistake if they go with him.

      assbender, funny. He would be good as a member of the clan Mcloud ,Highlander,
      Assassins creed does not make sense.

      Ass-bender = Ass-ass-in

      We need a rest on Wolverine. BTW