Michael Fassbender, star of this summers Prometheus, will take the lead in the live-action adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series via news from Variety. Not only that, he will also produce the film through his DMC lable along side Ubisoft’s own Motion Pictures group (yes, that is a thing).
Along with that news, the plot of the movie was also known. It seems to be a retelling of the first game with a little bit of changes:
[It] “revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret [organization] with ties to the Knight Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.”
If you haven’t played any of the AC games (or you need a refresher), the first game put you in the role of Desmond Miles, a bar keep who is kidnapped by The Knight Templar and placed inside of a machine that allows him to relive his ancestors past. It’s not really a time machine as it more of an reality sim for Miles. Relax, they can take some wording to make it seem right.
Anyway, the good news is that the movie will be developed independently by Ubisoft and DMC. For anyone that didn’t get that, it means that Ubisoft gets to keep creative control over the movie with plans to find a studio only AFTER the movie is finished being made. It seems they learned their lesson last time from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie — while a summer blockbuster, it was meh. Honestly, it was alright (I own it on DVD).
No word yet on a date, seeing how it’s just been announced and everything, so you won’t hear word on it again till later next year.