This Is Why Michael Fassbender Is Doing ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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For unfathomable reasons, Hollywood has continually failed to successfully adapt the best video games and video game stories to feature films. And by successful we mean financially and critically.

We’ve been saying it for years here on Screen Rant (and our sister site Game Rant), but this disappointing trend is on the verge of change. Of the many video game adaptations in slow development, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed already has an official release date, a script being redrafted and one of the most sought after actors in the business playing the lead(s).

After game maker Ubisoft decided to form its own film company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, they began with a plan to adapt three of their key game franchises into movies: Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed. The plan was/is to maintain creative control over their properties and talent involved – something old school Hollywood shied away from – but after various deals fell through they found a partner at New Regency Pictures who’s on board with the plan.

Speaking with The Daily Beast about his role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Fassbender provides an update on the status of the Assassin’s Creed film adaptation.

“That’s definitely happening. We’re just developing the script at the moment. I’d heard of it but had never played the game. I don’t have a video game player … that’s not what they’re called. [Laughs] I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they told me the story behind it, and I thought it was very interesting—the idea of reliving memories.”

The unique plot device behind the Assassin’s Creed games, the ability for protagonist Desmond Miles to relive memories of his distance ancestry via the power of a machine called the Animus is an interesting element for Fassbender to play off of – especially if he’s also playing the ancestors whose stories are being relived. The other key factor to signing Fassbender long-term is that Ubisoft made him a producer on the film and its potential sequels, making the film a bigger potential payday for the star.

Assassins Creed 4 Edward Jackdaw This Is Why Michael Fassbender Is Doing Assassins Creed

The ancestor featured in Assassin’s Creed 4

No stranger to genre film, Fassbender’s career skyrocketed after starring as one of the most memorable characters in Zack Snyder’s 300 and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, later becoming the fan-favorite mutant Magneto in X-Men: First Class and scene-stealing android in Prometheus.

While not a gamer, Fassbender did voice one of the main characters in the Xbox 360 game Fable III. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag hits store shelves at the end of the month, representing the sixth core installment in the annualized series. If the film follows the story of the first game, the potential for a long-running franchise is there should Fassbender be on-board long-term.


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

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  1. Man the headline made it sound like he was gonna have this awesome reason. He just likes the idea of the animus. That’s cool I guess.

    • Got me too!

    • Yeah, SR is not as bad as other sites about baiting you in with misleading headlines, but they’re getting there.

      • Pyronaut,

        Are their false/misleading headlines on the site you can point out? I’ll edit them if so, but that’s not what we do.

        • Sorry I can’t remember them off the top of my head right now. I just remember thinking that SR didn’t have much of that, then in the past little while I’ve seen a couple.

          I’ll be sure to point it out next time though ;-).

          • Pyro, STAY AWAY from Blastr. That is a common occurrence there…

          • Firstly, don’t make comments like that without having the ammunition to back it up. If there are misleading article names, research them before making a comment.

            Secondly, I fail to see how this particular article’s name is misleading at all…

            • Sorry, I didn’t know I was in a court of law here.

              Misleading titles are all about interpretation. To me, the title generally reflects the main focus of the article, not just one tidbit or an anecdote mentioned in passing among a lot of other stuff. That’s what I felt happened here. When a title starts with “This is why …”, it leads one to believe there will be more of a focus on the “this”, and a decent explanation about it. To me it seemed like he just glossed over the reason, and didn’t really explain it much. “I thought it was interesting” doesn’t really explain a whole lot behind his motivation to do a film based on a video game when many have failed in the past.

              Something like “Michael Fassbender comments on Assassin’s Creed film” would have been more appropriate, but that probably wouldn’t have attracted as many clicks. That, in the end, is what disappointed me. I felt as if a title was used that would be more enticing, but the info provided was ultimately a let down.

              To cite another example, a recent story had “‘X-Files’ Stars Want 3rd Movie to Be About Aliens” in the title. I thought they were going to talk about the alien story line and why they liked it and why it would be a good move to get back to that in the 3rd film or something like that. At least something more than just a brief mention of the same thing in the title, amongst a whole lot of other information. But that’s basically what I got. Among 44 lines of Q&A summary and 23 lines about the panel discussion, there was what amounts to just over one line saying “Duchovny and Anderson both want to see the alien conspiracy return in a third film”. That’s a case of just selectively plucking one interesting tidbit that might attract more attention and shine a spotlight on it. That title doesn’t reflect the entire content of the article at all. So to me, that’s misleading.

              OK, rant about Screen Rant over :)

              • Pyronaut,

                I wasn’t going to comment again but your last explanation showed me that you actually missed the point of the article, perhaps even didn’t read the whole thing.

                The title of the article is about why Fassbender signed for the project and you attributed it (the title) solely to a quote where he expresses his intrigue with the game’s concept of reliving ancestral memories… except on Screen Rant we don’t just share quotes/news. Every post is editorialized.

                Most of the following content is my analysis and thoughts on why he joined – he’s no stranger to genre film, this is big franchise, and he’s getting a big payday as a producer.

                That’s why it’s titled what it is, because my article (not just the quote) is about why he joined. I hope that clarifies.

          • Hey dude, I offered a clearer explanation below that I think may answer your questions.

            Although if you don’t have examples of us misleading, why comment that we’re misleading? I don’t believe we are.

            • Rob,
              thanks for taking the time to respond with your explanation. I did read the whole article. I guess I was thinking that the rest of the article was just somebody’s thoughts on why, but at the end it’s just conjecture and not verified by a quote from him, and since the only reference from Fassbender himself (that could authoritatively say why) was that quote; that’s what I based my interpretation of the article title’s accuracy on. If it was more like “This is Likely Why Michael Fassbender Is Doing ‘Assassin’s Creed’” or “Editorial on Why Michael Fassbender Is Doing ‘Assassin’s Creed’” I wouldn’t have had the expectation I did, but because it started with “This is Why”, it was more of a “This is it! we found out why” kind of connotation to me and in the end I don’t feel like I got that.

              In answer to your question, I did cite another example of why I felt another article had a misleading headline. I’m not trying to harshly criticise your site or accuse you of generally baiting with your headlines, but I just wanted to state my opinion of what I encountered lately. In general I think you guys do a good job of not doing that.

              Keep up the good work :-)

        • I think that “clickbait” has become the new “plant!”

          A headline can’t be the entire story. It also has to be interesting enough to pull the reader in, making them want to read more.

          While there are often very misleading article titles that pull a bait and switch on you (“Michael Fassbender isn’t interested in gamers!”), this site has never done that to me.

          This headline promised me information about why MF signed this movie. It wasn’t as interesting as I’d hoped, but it wasn’t misleading in any way.

  2. Is this movie gonna be rated R? If its PG-13 I guess that wouldn’t be terrible but it should be R.

    • Why should it be R?

      • sword fights lead to amputations … death … e/c

        • I remember years ago when I was working in a United parcel Service sorting hub warehouse in Addison, Illinois. I was up on a catwalk at 3 in the morning with about 30 other guys, and we were bored and looking for excitement while sorting thousands of packages as they flowed by us on a conveyor belt system. Suddenly, we got the excitement we craved. A couple of huge boxes of sex toys ripped open on the main sort belt, and suddenly a bevy of gigantic artificial phalluses were flowing down the conveyor belt past us. Several of us did the only thing a UPS sorter could do in a case like that at 3 in the morning: we grabbed them and started sword-fighting with them! It looked like they were filming a pirate movie up there on the catwalk, with us swinging on girders and dueling like Assassin’s Creed! Errol Flynn had nothing on us! And the supervisors of course went up for grabs! So yes, a little swordplay would indeed interest me!

          • AC 5: Black Phallus! Great story, Goldilocks! Not too graphic or G rated, long or short, but juuust right. Very amusing.

      • Just so its more true to the source material. From what I can tell M games equate to R movies just with all the blood and whatnot.

        That being said I think the studio will totally go for a PG-13 rating. It’ll boost ticket sales big time in younger demographics.

        • Does Assassin’s Creed have a lot of blood? I remember playing the first 2 video games and I didn’t notice a lot of gore. Sure there was blood sprays and all that from time to time but nothing too crazy. Though I might be wrong, I can’t remember exactly.

          • They’re not like blood and guts Saw violent but the games are pretty brutal with a fair amount of blood. If they’re gonna have the hidden wrist blades, you’d think there would be scenes of Ezio or whoever slitting guys throats or what not.

          • @ ColdSc I was just referring to M games in general. I’m familiar with the mythology and whatnot but I haven’t played much of Assassins Creed to be honest. I really don’t know if theres a bunch of blood in that specific game. But by and large M games equate to R movies in terms of content like profanity, gore, violence, etc.

    • I doubt it’ll be R. A lot of the fan base for the game is teenagers, so they don’t want to alienate that market – especially if they want to have any kind of big budget for this.

      They can make a good movie without it having to be R. The game/story is not all about impaling people and cutting their limbs off.

      • Maybe the real question should be why parents make such a fuss about their teens watching R rated movies if they let them play games like Assassins Creed or GTA that have the exact same content as an R rated movie.

        But I agree, it can still be good as a PG-13 movie.

        • It’s quite ironic that we’re sitting here talking about how the main fanbase of an M-rated game series would be alienated if it wasn’t PG-13…

        • Yeah, these days parents are much more informed about film ratings than game ratings. I’m sure the younger fans would still find a way to see it, but studios don’t want to put any potential obstacles in their way.

          Still, I don’t think this is the kind of film that needs to be R.

    • Nah, won’t be R. That cuts out a huge demographic of moviegoers who’d see it (and who play the games).

      • Considering the games are rated 18 here in the UK (not sure about the US, I think it’s 17 (which equates to an R?)), it wouldn’t legally cut out any of their current audience.

    • “Assassin’s” Creed…

    • You know, they play those Cyber cassettes that the children enjoy so much…? They have interactive playback technology that has been hyper adapted from the family computer box to appeal to a younger generation! It’s wild!

  3. I had no idea he was in 300. Googled it, and could still barely recognize him. If I was watching the movie right now, I still probably wouldn’t notice that was him unless someone pointed it out to me.

    • … Really??

      Persian: “A thousand nations of the Persian empire descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun!”

      Fassbender: “Then we will fight in the shade”

      • “you had to say it”

      • HAHAHA sounds like a premise to his take of Assassin’s creed, Stelios actually has a descendant who looks like him and fight against another empire in the shadows

      • That was him!? I guess so…

        Btw, that exchange about fighting in the shade is much older than the movie. I don’t know if it is just part of the legend or something really spoken at the time, but I heard of it a long long time ago. Ancient callback, yo!

    • Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know it was Gerald Butler until I saw an interview with him about the movie and I was like, “was he in 300? When? Where?”, then it was a major facepalm! lol

  4. I think this guys a closet gamer.

  5. I don’t care why. I’m not a gamer, but if Fassbender is in it, the movie will be a must-see for me.

    • +1
      I haven’t enjoyed any of the Assassin’s Creed games but if Michael Fassbender is there, count me in. The premise also always intrigued me.

  6. I might watch this on Netflix when available.

    • That was my reaction to Prince of Persia. Hopefully this will look much stronger when we get a look at it. Hypothetically, it could be amazingly cool. Plausibly? A decent, but watered down experience for the masses that misses the scope and excitement of the franchise. Place bets now!

  7. I would rather he had been a gamer or at least played one of the games on the video game player lol

  8. I don’t know if he plans on playing the games now that he is the main actor but he definitely should get a video game player and play the first two to get a feel/see of the character and learn the original story.

  9. “The ancestor featured in Assassin’s Creed 4″

    His name is Capt. Edward Kenway.
    Sorry, but the way you phrased that made it look like you picked the first image from a Google search for “Assassins Creed” and then used a description that couldn’t be called wrong. Looked amateurish.

    Besides, why not post a pic of Desmond Miles or Altaïr from the original Assassin’s Creed which this is all about anyway?

    That said, I think Fassbender is a miscast. He’s too white bread to play Middle-Eastern Altaïr and too old to play bartender Desmond.

  10. Fassassins Creed will bomb. Fassbender cannot carry any film on his own.

  11. I think, if your going to make a movie from a video game. You should keep it animated. Like Final Fantasy franchise did with Advent Children the animation was amazing. Also that way you can keep all the original voices of the characters, all of the fans of the video games would appreciate this a lot more than casting someone who hasn’t even experienced the game at all, it would make the movie so much better to watch !

  12. Video Game Player… funny. At least he’s a good actor and will show the appropriate respect for the role.

  13. hmm i think he is a such a good actor.

  14. ehh… lost interest in the game, but might be fun to see it as a movie. There’s a first for everything…in this case a movie based on video game that is actually decent

  15. i must confess, i am not a gamer but the concept is amazing! i do believe that’s the reason fassbender took the job; a facinating concept! you have a great actor to work with, now it’s up to the screenwriters, production company and a worthy director to make it happen!

  16. I think this is a needed step in the right direction that should be doen by ANY game adaptation to the big screen.

    Hollywood is to busy trying to play the “safe” cash cow game for anything it produces. Of course that also counts to the game publishers. But if (the recent) history has proven anything, every time you try to earn the most and target everybody (although the film/game is for a niche) it will, and has, fail(ed)or turned for the worse.
    The last 3 Star Wars come to mind for example.

    Other examples (personal opinion):

    “Tomb Raider” would have been far more interesting with a not so “bewbed” main impersonisation, but with a more indepth character.
    “Hitman” with Jason Statham would have been my bet, Timothy Olifant is great in the “Justified” series but wasn’t edgy enough for the role in that film.

    But, back to the topic.

    There are various games that didn`t get adapted because of hollywood not wanting to comply with the developers vision of the film.

    The problem I still see here is that Ubisoft still will have enough inhouse marketing directors sitting there trying to get it spread as far as they can. In an ideal world you would have the game developer and the film team working together without (or hardly) any marketing monkeys stopping them from making a product how it was meant to be.

    Games and films likewise that where made for the sake of the idea and not for the money usually are the ones we remember and replay or re-watch and that have a place in a many memories. Just take a few of your favorites and ask around on the street usually everybody you talk to will know what your talking about.

    Btw, those products might not sell initially as much as a PEGI 12 film but will bring in more over long term and probably better sequel possibilities.

    Anyway, I din`t want to start a new article here.

    Just my 2(5) cents.