Assassin's Creed movie gets writer

British playwright Michael Lesslie adapting game for silver screen; director and producers still being sought.

The Assassin's Creed movie now has a writer. The Hollywood Reporter reveals New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have called on British playwright Michael Lesslie to adapt the popular game series for the big screen.

Lesslie penned Prince of Denmark for the theater, a prequel to William Shakespeare's iconic Hamlet. He also wrote a handful of short films, including Skirt and Heavy Metal Drummer.

In addition, New Regency and Ubisoft are still seeking a director and producers for the movie, which could launch as early as later this year.

Michael Fassbender (Shame, Inglourious Basterds) will play the lead role in the film, though other actors for the Assassin's Creed movie have not been announced.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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48 comments
CraZkid37
CraZkid37

I was hoping the people of Ubisoft would write it... but, regardless I have faith in them.

toyo75
toyo75

Don't be surprised if they used the same sets as the ones used in the Prince of Persia movie.

Andy_MT
Andy_MT

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L33BURK32K8
L33BURK32K8

I think the AC series would be better suited as a show rather than a film.

Dragon-Power
Dragon-Power

I hope this movie adapted from the game . Thanks Eddie

tgwolf
tgwolf

That makes no sense, generally people don't sell something to GET a job...

BFKZ
BFKZ

I think they should get the guy that did the prince of persia movie, i really liked it.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I wish him much luck with the script. I don't have high hopes for it. 

JusXice
JusXice

if this going to take place in modern time? with non-stop action and explosives and with guns and lame dialogue? and a gimmick way to alter historical events? 

Arbalon
Arbalon

It will be nice to see how this develops.

bizzySGS
bizzySGS

Might as well give a new writer a chance.The original writers from the game already screwed up the story with AC3 anyway so the bar was already set very low for me. I don't have too much hope for it but who know? Maybe it will be even better than the game itself.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Let's not hold judgement until it's out. Come on, first time for everything

CaesarIIII
CaesarIIII

When they will learn, that movies and games tie-ins never work...? Only company that managed to get it right was Disney with " Cars ", Both the game and the movie where great.

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

hmm well Ubisoft couldn't possibly fuck this up now could they?

Hurvl
Hurvl

It feels weird getting so much early info, without getting much info. We know that it's a movie based on Assassin's Creed and that Michael Fassbender will play the lead...and that's about it. Now they say they have a writer attached too, well, that's simply swell! All you have to do now is to find a way to actually make the movie. You've still got no director or producer and the script will take a while, but hey, you can wait.

EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

!  PEOPLE PEOPLE PLEASE STOP ! maybe this can be the guy's big break movie u never know , as a ac fan that has all the games not just main console game, lets just think for a sec ubisoft did not make a deal with sony because  they wanted to have "creative control" now i think ubisof would not have made that decision if they did not want to be true to the game. witch i may add was the best selling game of ubisoft OR they wanted all the money, either way if they want more then a good movie has to be made cause video game fans are ruthless.  

KaptenHaddock
KaptenHaddock

Oh come on, it wasn't even a week ago I commented on a different film project that was to never be completed. So now we're adding Assassin's Creed to the list?


That's cool,

mr_azim
mr_azim

I've never heard of any of these "movies" written by this guy..... this is going to be one hilarious wanna be.

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

Oh good, so they have to adapt a game to film using a guy who has to adapt to writing films. This should go swimmingly.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

I dread to think how bad this could be....

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

it literally makes me uncomfortable to see any AC related news, we've had so much of it and the last one is worse than it's immediate previous.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I don't see this being released in cinemas such as ODEON or AMC.. this is gonna be Corner House stuff with the time-scale they're planning to release it in

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Well at least its not Uwe Boll or M. Night Scamalon

kik4444
kik4444

We still want Riddley Scott to make a Dead Space movie

xUnrationalistx
xUnrationalistx

I wouldn't be so sure about this. On IMDb all of his movies have a rating below 7, so yeah not exactly the cult classic writer you would expect for a game complex as AC. But not all is lost, Michael Fassbender seems like a good choice for a Assassin, if nothing else.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

Okay, guys, we're making a movie! All we need is a writer, director, producer, and actors. 'sgonna be a good movie...

Luca2222
Luca2222

Of course. Cash in now Hollywood, then stuff up the series, just like you did with Resident Evil. No thanks.

Lytmare
Lytmare

@L33BURK32K8 I don't know about that... Shows don't get enough budget. If this movie has a LOT of money thrown at it, and they keep the talent coming in, this might just work!

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

@kik4444 Just watch Event Horizon followed by Aliens and there you have it: a Dead Space movie. :)

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@kik4444 

prometheus was for the lulz, you still want a science fi movie from him?

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

@kik4444   Dead space serie is actually a game universe that would be worth making a movie with.

BloodyEddy09
BloodyEddy09

@xUnrationalistx anyway, I'm very septic for an Assassin's Creed movie, most of the video game adaptations are bad. The game itself has an interesting story but it's nothing revolutionary, the characters are simplistic and sometimes stereotypical. However, since i love Micheal Fassbender and the great performances he brought to life (David in Prometheus, Magneto in the last X-men movie, Shame, Hunger...), I'm interested how he will pull it of as Altair !!!

BloodyEddy09
BloodyEddy09

@xUnrationalistx IMDb is flawed and filled with trolls and immature people who whinnes when the movie is too complex for them (Prometheus, most of David Lynch movies) and overate some (Avatar). Even the critics get movies wrong sometimes but i prefer listening to them than the imdb users, like on Rotten Tomatoes

rebelguy0
rebelguy0

@Lytmare @L33BURK32K8 True, but at the same time, AC may not need too much, I mean look at Lineage. I know it lacked in character development and such but that's mostly as it was a game tie-in, whereas this new film will most likely be standalone and won't lack character development or drive.

BloodyEddy09
BloodyEddy09

@Mega_Loser @kik4444 says the dude who didn't understand the movie, at least Sir Ridley Scott has the balls to take risks and controversies just like Blade Runner and Alien when they came out. Before insulting Ridley Scott, make your own movie first. Prometheus is a great and memorable movie despite it's main flaw (character development), at least it makes you think not like some (Avatar) !!!


BloodyEddy09
BloodyEddy09

@roguebot @BloodyEddy09 well i hate when people talk trash without any mature arguments. When people dislike something, it's fine for me, but to whine and to be immature like a 12 year old cod kid, that's unacceptable !!! And yes in this case i can say "try making your own movie before you criticize" because he's spitting on Ridley Scott's work and i cannot tolerate such behavior. In order to criticize, you need maturity and it's not the case with haters !!!

roguebot
roguebot

@BloodyEddy09 I'm a Ridley Scott fan, but I hate it when someone says "try making your own movie before you criticize", as if not having the ability to become a director somehow means you can't criticize.

 I'm not a good enough football player to play in the NFL, does that mean I can't yell at the TV when the running back fumbles?

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@BloodyEddy09 *cough Pocahontas *cough