If it's true that video game movies are destined to be the next big trend in Hollywood, there are a lot of upcoming contenders that could lead the charge. This year's street racing action movie Need for Speed scored a respectable $200 million at the worldwide box office, but there has never really been a major breakthrough success within the genre. AAA video game developer and publisher Ubisoft took a bold step forward recently by founding its own film production branch, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and slating for development a series of movies based on major Ubisoft franchises. UMP will collaborate with partners like New Regency Pictures and Sony, but maintain a stringent amount of creative control over the scripts, casting and production decisions.
The first movie to be produced under the watchful eye of UMP is Assassin's Creed, which will be based on the company's hugely popular action adventure series that blends historical settings with the sci-fi premise of genetic memory. Now some new details about the plot of the movie, which was scripted by playwright Michael Lesslie and later underwent several redrafts, have been revealed to Film Divider by well-placed sources. One thing's for sure: no one expected this movie's setting.
According to the report, Assassin's Creed will star Fassbender in two roles: as modern protagonist Michael Lynch, a death row inmate who is used as a pawn in the war between the Assassins and their old enemies the Templars, and as an assassin called Aguilar de Agarorobo during the Spanish Inquisition, whose memories Michael relives using a piece of ancient technology called the Animus. This fits with what we've heard previously about UMP's adaptations being original stories set in the same universe as the games.
Similarly to Ezio Auditore da Firenze, one of the main historical protagonists of the games, Aguilar's father will be a Master Assassin - a leader in the secret organization. One of the modern villains will be Alan Rikkin, the leader of the Templars, but as in the video games the current plan is to only feature his voice, rather than showing him onscreen. Meanwhile, the historical antagonist in the film will be Tomás de Torquemada, a Spanish Dominican friar and Grand Inquisitor who, in the games, was an ally of Assassin's Creed II antagonist Rodrigo Borgia and appeared in the spinoff game Assassin's Creed II: Discovery.
While the historical plotline seems to have the most ties to Assassin's Creed II, the modern plotline sounds like it might be loosely based on the first Assassin's Creed game. Michael, whose role sounds not dissimilar to that of modern protagonist Desmond Miles, is being experimented on by a researcher called Joseph who is "a bit of a baddie," and is aided by an Assassin called Lara. In the original game, Desmond was being experimented on by Templar Warren Vidic, but aided by an undercover Assassin called Lucy (who was played by Kristen Bell).
Whether you're a huge Assassin's Creed fan or have never played any of the games in your life, tell us in the comments if this movie premise has left you intrigued.
Assassin's Creed is set for release on August 7th, 2015.
Source: Film Divider