The blockbuster movie season used to be confined to the dog days of summer. Many thought that movie ticket sales had a direct correlation with people escaping the summertime heat. However, in recent times the philosophy has changed, with the winter spawning such hits as Avatar, the Harry Potter franchise, and the return of Star Wars last year. So get ready for another holiday rush of late year releases.
In this increasingly crowded holiday season, there are more than a handful of tentpole movies for audiences to choose from. One of the larger upcoming gambles is the big-screen adaptation of the smash-hit video game, Assassin's Creed. It's being brought to life by Ubisoft who formed their own production company, á la Marvel Studios, to transform their multi-million dollar selling game into a Hollywood hit. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) jumped on board as the star and a producer on the movie, while Justin Kurzel (MacBeth) was granted the directorial reins and the project quickly began to take shape.
This December the movie will be released in a crowded field that will include the sci-fi thriller, Passengers and Rogue One, the first spinoff from the Star Wars universe. Fortunately, the premise and style of Assassin's Creed should set it apart from other movies on the market and 20th Century Fox wants you to be aware that the action movie is coming.
The newest television spot for Assassin Creed shows off the movie's unique action sequences and practical stunt work, while laying out the film's premise in broad strokes for uninitiated viewers. The movie centers on Michael Fassbender's character, Callum Lynch, who is a prisoner and an unwitting participant in a secret program. Through the use of a groundbreaking process, Callum is able to access his ancestor's genetic memories, while reliving and influencing his life as an assassin in the 15th century.
The film will see the character travel back to the Spanish Inquisition and the trailer focuses on the science fiction aspects of the premise. As well as highlighting Lynch's opportunity to literally change history. There have been reports that the film may not spend as much time in the past as many hardcore fans of the video game are hoping for. Which makes sense when you consider that the film's most decorated actors all have roles in the present, including Marion Cottilard (Allied), Jeremy Irons (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), and Michael K. Williams (Ghostbusters).
There still isn't a successful formula for video game movies; however, it looks like Assassin's Creed has enough fresh elements to not get boxed in by its genre. At any rate, we will find out next month if it has the muscle to tread water in the treacherous and crowded holiday movie season.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- Assassin's Creed (2016) release date: Dec 21, 2016