With any successful video game franchise, a movie adaptation is always a lingering possibility. While it has worked reasonably well for classic game series such as Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill, the jury is still out on whether adaptations of the Super Mario Bros and Street Fighter games do justice to the medium. The Assassin’s Creed series has been yearly blockbuster for developer Ubisoft and one that is seemingly perfect for cinematic reinterpretation, so the confirmation of a movie adaptation comes as little surprise. The confirmation that Michael Fassbender will be at the helm, however, makes the prospect of this movie all the more intriguing.
Having already played popular roles as Magneto in X-Men: First Class, Stelios in 300, and David in Prometheus, German actor Fassbender is now set to both star in and co-produce the first movie based on the Assassin’s Creed game franchise. He seems fit for the part, given his more recent success in action and science-fiction blockbusters, as well as his experience in more dramatic roles in movies such as Shame, Band of Brothers, Fish Tank and Inglorious Basterds. Fassbender has proven himself an actor with impressive range, one that seems well-suited to the emotional highs and lows of the game series. He is currently being credited as Desmond Miles, the bartender whose ancestral memories make up the bulk of the game series. Whether or not he will play Miles’ assassin ancestors is unknown at this time.
Equally vague is the story premise of the movie. The brief synopsis available simply tells the base story of Desmond, the bartender who has hereditary links to an assassin bloodline. He is kidnapped by a secret organization who has him access these memories to retrieve ancient artifacts linked to the Templars. That’s a rough outline at best, and it is unknown how much of the game series will be covered, or if the movie will take a completely different approach. Indeed, the Ezio plotline of Assassin’s Creed II and its respective sequels comprises the bulk of the series and is by far the most interesting, however the movie could combine elements of both the first game and the sequels.
Fassbender’s will co-produce the project though his company, DMC Films, and it will be done in conjunction with Ubisofts’ new motion picture division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures Group. No production schedule or release date for the Assassin’s Creed movie is known at this time.