The Assassin's Creed movie has officially begun production and filming is scheduled to start very soon. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, has shared information regarding the project, during a meeting and characterized it as of great importance for the Assassin's Creed franchise. The movie will release on December 21 2016.
Michael Fassbender, star of the movie, commented that even if he does not play video games himself, he is particularly excited for the movie.
"I don’t really play that many video games" Fassbender confesses to loving the world of Assassin's Creed: "I just thought, ‘This is so rich,’ and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”
"You know, we absolutely want to respect the game," Fassbender said. "There's so much cool stuff in the game that we're actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can't, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we're definitely making a feature film, and we're approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don't really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory -- you know, I think it's a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, "This is so rich," and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I'm really excited about it, and we're working very hard to make sure that we've got the best and most exciting, original package."
Michael Fassbender will play a convicted felon recruited by "Abstergo" to explore the mind of his ancestor in order to recover a sacred artifact.
It has not been revealed who the ancestor will be, but it could probably be Altair. There is of course the possibility that they follow Ezio's storyline due to amount of fans the beloved assassin has gathered. Although if they plan to greatly expand on the project, they could begin with Altair's timeline as an origin story.
It has recently come to light that Marion Cotillard has also joined the cast. There’s no word on who the Oscar winning actress will be playing (it’s thought that the movie will be based only very loosely on the video games), but both Cotillard and Fassbender are expected to stick around for multiple instalments. Will they play the same characters in each? Based on the games, possibly not!
Ubisoft are playing a big role in the development of Assassin’s Creed (written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie), and are hoping to get Splinter Cell moving along soon. That one has Doug Liman attached to direct and Tom Hardy signed on to play Sam Fisher.