This may finally be the year that video games get their due at the box office. It’s been touch and go for years now, with studios releasing one lackluster adaptation after another without ever doing justice to the source material, but several upcoming releases on the horizon portend potentially great things for cinematic adaptations of popular game franchises. While all eyes are currently on Warcraft, it might just be Assassin’s Creed that brings gaming back from the movie theater abyss.
The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed, which stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse), Marion Cotillard (Macbeth) and Jeremy Irons (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) was released earlier this week - and while the look of the film was remarkably beautiful and seems to keep many of the most popular elements of the franchise intact, the music was less than stellar. Beneath the sounds of Kanye West’s “I Am a God”, much of the beauty of the film’s look was lost, and the choice was baffling to many fans, especially when you consider the awesome power of the games original score.
For anyone who was turned off by the preview due to the inclusion of Kanye, YouTube user Vincent Vendetta may have solved your problem. Almost immediately after the release of the trailer, Vendetta uploaded their own version of the trailer using the score from the game. The result will, for many Assassin's Creed fans, be far more effective than the studio-approved cut of the trailer, and makes the upcoming adaptation look all the more impressive for it.
Director Justin Kerzel, who reunited with his Macbeth stars, Fassbender and Cotillard, for the upcoming movie, has a remarkable eye for both color and scene, and with the accompaniment of the game’s score, Assassin’s Creed comes to life with vivid results. The video has already earned a respectable 290,000 views on YouTube. Though it pales in comparison to the original trailer’s views, it’s a stunning bit of insight into how much the choice of music can affect one’s perception of a movie trailer. Whereas the music of Kanye West made the trailer seem a bit trite and turned off many fans, this re-edit may be able to bring some of the naysayers back into the fold.
Hopefully, the studio is listening and readjusts the marketing campaign accordingly. Kanye is a divisive figure in pop culture, and his music isn’t exactly the best fit for a movie such as this. It’s important to note, however, that the movie itself won’t feature the game’s cinematic score. Instead, it features the compositions of Jed Kerzel, whose work on Macbeth and The Babadook helped elevate the atmospherics of both those films to become intricately woven into their very fabric. Perhaps, then, it would serve the studio well to include bits of his upcoming work into future trailers to give a more accurate view of the movie as a whole.
Assassin’s Creed opens in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2016.
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