It’s not just the soon be released Assassin’s Creed III that is picking up all the media attention, the film version of the series is also getting a foot at it. Publisher Ubisoft has announced that a new deal has been struck with companies New Regency and Fox, and the film’s development has been fast-tracked. This means the film – which is set to star Micheal Fassbender in the lead role – is to begin writing “immediately”, according to a released statement.
The guys at Variety have reported that Ubisoft hope to have a cast filled and a director sought by at least next summer, which means we could see a possible release sometime in 2014.
As for the recent deal that was made, Ubisoft will still have creative control over the project, which has fans feeling a little less stressed, considering some recent video game to film movies. New Regency president Brad Weston is excited however and stated that Fassbender’s involvement with the project made the deal an easy one to make.
“We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to Assassin’s Creed, which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years,” said Weston, “Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible.”
Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO, Jean-Julien Baronnet also commented on the new deal, “Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent- and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures.”
“Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
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