The Assassin's Creed film adaptation has been in development since 2011, when Michael Fassbender signed on to co-produce with Ubisoft, the video game franchise's developers and publishers. It was originally slated for arrival during the summer of 2016, but 20th Century Fox pushed it to Christmas 2016, as a more favorable release date.
Production on Assassin's Creed began on location in Malta in late Summer 2015, and new information has started to slowly roll out about its overall look and feel since - including, teases of Abstergo Industries, the multinational corporate conglomerate responsible for much of the story's technological developments. Now we're getting a look at the star and co-producer Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch: a man who can live through the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.
Fassbender's production company DMC Film tweeted an image of the actor on-set of Assassin's Creed, which follows an ancient war between two factions, the Assassins and the Templars. We don't see Fassbender's face because he's turned away from the camera, but we do see a sign on the wall, which reads, "Progress requires sacrifice." That might point to the high quality that director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) and Fassbender are aiming for with this particular video game adaptation.
— DMC Film (@DMCFilmOfficial) October 23, 2015
This is a tease, so we don't actually see what Fassbender's Assassins's Creed character will look like, but there are a few clues that will please fans of the original video game. If you look a bit closer at the back of his neck, you can see a few scars that hint towards the Animus: a virtual reality machine that can read and project its user's genetic memory. Just underneath the scars, you can also see Abstergo Industries' corporate logo on his gray futuristic dystopian clothing. In addition, Abstergo Industries developed the Animus in the video game.
While Assassin's Creed doesn't come out for another year or so, DMC Film and Ubisoft Motion Pictures are doing a good job of teasing what this new movie has to offer to fans of the video game series. They're also slowly building interest in the new project to the uninitiated, with teases the basics of the Assassin's Creed world. And given the people involved with the film adaptation, such as Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, and Kurzel, it looks like Assassin's Creed just might be one of the first good movies based on a video game.
Assassin’s Creed opens in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2016.
Source: DMC Film