Some games have such an intriguing storyline that making them into feature films can be a walk in the park. Blockbuster video game franchise Assassin’s Creed falls into that group and is next on the list of video game to film adaptation to make their way to Hollywood, with Bafta-nominated actor Michael Fassbender to play the role of the iconic hooded assassin.
Fassbender is known for his roles as hero turned villain Magneto in X-Men: First Class, that robot thingy in recently released sci-fi horror Prometheus and drama Shame, for which he won best actor award at the Venice film festival in 2011. CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Jean-Julien Baronnet spoke highly of Fassbender while talking to Variety recently, ”Michael Fassbender was our first choice to play the franchise’s iconic hooded hero,” said Baronnet, “Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
Not only will the German-Irish actor embrace the assassin role, he will also co-produce the film, with Ubisoft developing independently after talks with Sony went downhill last year. With the developer behind the camera, it will be safe to say the film will stay true to the video game we all love and play, so expect to see barman Desmond Miles go through the motions of being kidnapped by the Knights Templar, put into the Animus machine and reliving the memories of his assassin ancestors.
Maybe the time is right for Ubisoft to bring the franchise to the big screen, after The Prince Of Persia was panned by critics, Ubisoft knows this time around to stay as true as possible to the game’s core tenets. With the Assassin’s Creed franchise selling 30 million units since it was launched in 2007, there is an audience to market towards and the addition of Fassbender is only a plus for the project, now it’s down to Ubisoft to make sure it’s successful.