While video game to movie adaptations have not had the greatest track record, it seems the general consensus is to take a wait-and-see approach with Ubisoft‘s attempts to make an Assassin’s Creed film. And it appears we’re one step closer to seeing if the publisher can break the curse of this movie genre.
Ubisoft has announced that they will partner with New Regency Productions to develop the adaptation, with Magneto himself, Michael Fassbender, attached to star. While no financial terms of the deal have been released, on the creative side of things it appears Ubisoft will retain much of the creative direction they have hoped for since the inception of this adaptation.
While this is certainly another step in the right direction towards lending legitimacy to the production, New Regency may not be the first choice for most cinephiles. While the company has produced several hits and well-received films since its inception, including Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Contagion, they are also home to a plethora of disappointments, from the Big Momma’s franchise to the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks series. Hopefully the company’s track record is not as worrisome sign as it may appear on the surface.
Ubisoft seems committed to producing a worthy adaptation that remains faithful to the game franchise, and as a fan I can only hope they do the series justice. Either way, we may all be too busy playing Assassin’s Creed III on October 30 to pay too much attention anyway.