Leading up to the theatrical release of the hotly anticipated adaptation of the popular video game franchise Assassin's Creed, hardcore gamers and casual viewers of genre fare alike have a lot to look forward to. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) and starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Marion Cotillard (The Little Prince), the new big screen fantasy epic is expected to draw some significant attention from within the gaming community as a whole.
Despite initially claiming that Assassin's Creed isn't expected to be a substantial box office draw, Ubisoft has since come forward to clarify upon their earlier remarks and state that Kurzel's film is expected to do well regardless of the fact that money isn't the only issue of concern for the developer. It remains to be seen just how well the new movie does (especially in the wake of Warcraft), but the latest word from behind the scenes should offer some further incentive for longtime fans of the series to begin buying their tickets in advance.
EW spoke to production armorer Tim Wildgoose in their latest Fall Movie Preview issue, where Wildgoose talked at length about the level of influence taken in constructing some of the most prominent props and costumes featured in the Assassin's Creed movie. Using a digital cache of assets supplied directly by Ubisoft, many of the wrist blades and hooded Assassin outfits were heavily inspired by Islamic art and architecture and in game characters and locations alike. Speaking to his work on preparing the film's various props, Wildgoose stated:
"Although we’re designing the weapons ourselves there are certain things you have to stick to — the way the wrist blades work. In that sense, we were going the Ubisoft reference as a design guide. At the same time, there are assassins from the games in the film as well. In some case, we could directly copy the Ubisoft weapons onto their characters."
Check out the latest Assassin's Creed production stills below:
In other words, longtime players can expect to see a number of notable cameos from the already popular video game series make their big screen debut later this year. However, Wildgoose was quick to clarify that those characters won't include any famous protagonists (sorry Altair and Ezio fans), but merely, "very famous characters that the fans will probably enjoy."
After learning that Michael K. Williams (Ghostbusters) among other famous minor assassins would be making appearances in the Assassin's Creed movie, it's exciting to hear a little more about the level to which Kurzel and company have gone to ensure those faces will be immediately recognizable to longtime players. Until later this December, fans will just have to wait and see how faithfully Wildgoose proved in adapting the design of the gaming universe and minor players to the big screen.
Assassin's Creed will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 21, 2016.