The official feature film adaptation of the ever-popular video game franchise from developer Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed, has seen plenty of key developments over the course of the past few months. The film is set to star Michael Fassbender in the lead role alongside co-star Marion Cotillard, and has already begun filming on location in Malta.
Photos from the set have already leaked online, including an exclusive series offering a sneak peak at the Abstergo Industries Building, the modern day headquarters of the antagonistic Templars of the film and series proper. Even more recently, the head of content at Ubisoft, Azaïzia Aymar, leaked two more unique photos from the Regency Pictures production, with other filming details readily forthcoming as well from location manager Joseph Formosa Randon.
Taking to his official Twitter account this afternoon, Aymar provided the following images of a pair of Templar blades, one of which features a certain character on the sword’s pommel that the Ubisoft executive is quiet certain any true Templar would know. As for the conditions faced by the cast and crew in Malta, Randon revealed the following while in conversation with The Location Guide:
“[Of] the entire Malta shoot…by far the most complex [location] were the various areas within Valletta. I don’t know if you know Malta, but Valletta is the capital, very busy with businesses, lots of residents, narrow streets, limited parking, all the usual fun stuff. We more or less took over, closing main streets for a couple of weeks, and transformed it all into 15th Century Seville.”
See Aymar’s pictures from the set below:
In addition to the new Ubisoft and Regency Pictures project, Randon has also been involved in other motion picture production that shot in location in Malta, namely By the Sea and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Malta has so far not proven to be without its difficulties, however, with Randon citing the challenges of “threading the fine line of giving the production what it wants while keeping the environmental and our heritage guardians happy.” Furthermore, shooting on certain historical landmarks was reportedly undertaken with “strict supervision to ensure no damage [was] caused to the various sites.”
All of this attention to detail just might result in an adaptation of the video game property portraying precise authenticity to its depicted temporal setting and geographic location in keeping with the tradition so consistently established previously by Ubisoft. Come the film’s December 2016 release, Regency Pictures may just deliver a feature film worthy to be continuous with the video games, provided things continue to develop with as much attention and care as shown in the film’s location-conscious, shooting ethics.
Assassin’s Creed will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 21st, 2016.