Assassin's Creed Movie Will Be Respectful of the Game, Actor Michael Fassbender Says

What eras and characters from the game do you think the movie should tackle?

The Assassin's Creed movie will "respect the game" that it's based on, actor Michael Fassbender, who's starring and producing the movie, has said.

"There's so much cool stuff in the game that we're actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can't, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game," Fassbender told IGN in an interview. "But we're definitely making a feature film, and we're approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game."

Fassbender added that though he doesn't play many video games, he loves the Assassin's Creed world, and that he was interested in making it into a movie ever since he met with Ubisoft and was introduced the series' main conceit: being able to experience the past through the DNA we share with our ancestors.

The movie was previously delayed to August 2015, and there were rumors that Fassbender left the project, but he said that they are not true and that the writers are still working on the script.

Justin Kurzel, who recently directed Fassbender in Macbeth, is attached to direct the Assassin's Creed movie.

Ubisoft has a total of six movies in the pipeline. In addition to Assassin's Creed, the French publisher is making movies based on its Far Cry, Rabbids, Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon franchises. In all instances, Ubisoft will retain creative control.

Assassin's Creed Unity launches October 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Assassin's Creed Rogue launches on November 11 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

What eras and characters from the game do you think the movie should tackle? Let us know in the comments below.

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93 comments
chkmode
chkmode

Ubisoft will hold creative controls..no I don't like it. When you are making movies based on games you have to be smarter and ready for the changes so that the movie can fit in to reality. They should hire some ace directors who have an exquisite ability to helm movies and then give them the decision power instead of badgering their creative abilities.

JohnTheLyrical
JohnTheLyrical

Now hold folks, this movie might have some potenital now...lets observe with some couth

meatz666
meatz666

I only trust in Owe Boll to do game adaptations.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

We don't care if it's respectful to the game(s).  We just care that it doesn't suck....which it will.

valdarez
valdarez

fasts bender is too old to play Dezmond or any of the assassins. Hope he only plays a minor character. And sticks to producing.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Fassbender is an amazing actor. If anyone can bring credibility to the film, it's him.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

didnt read the article just the head line 


"will be respectful" - dont they all say that...

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Oh my, what an awful photo of him. And what's wrong with his ear?

lubbalots
lubbalots

here's hoping Paul w. Anderson doesn't touch this but I honestly think he's done. Destroyed his wife and his career with the resident evil franchise. Odd it's the only movie not getting a reboot.

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

Here's hoping he's at least played one of the games. Or at least watched a heap of it.

In fact I hope the damn scriptwriters have! That's probably more important.

Avalanched
Avalanched

It's not a French Publisher. It's a Quebec Publisher.

maximo
maximo

sad news. cashing in. selling out whatever you want to call it. 

Most respect to Rockstar. They have turned down offers to make movies and really make a bunch of money. Them Hausers have real character.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Fassbender is pretty great. I hope with him being involved there's more hope, but I can't really expect a "movie of the year".

qtmew
qtmew

So you mean, you will have unseen shots as DLCs?

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

AC Storys are stupid just like the games, i never liked the combination of old historian cities and the animus HQ - destroyed the gameplay completley.

While i thing these kind of storys could fit into a movie, as there isn't any gameplay that could be destroyed.


For a good movie, there would be a lot much better storys in games that could be used, but i guess they took AC as it sells good, and games comin every year, that gives a lot of PR for the Movie, whcih better storys from other games wouldn't.

alonfire
alonfire

I think that's an easy question to answer. The best adaptation of the Assassin's creed Name should be a movie about Altair and the foundation of the Assassins and Templars. Although the Ezio story is full of detail and content it's the plot for Altair was so much better.

deth420
deth420

Respecting the game is cool, but id rather it didnt insult my intelligence!

brxricano
brxricano

"There's so much cool stuff in the game that we're actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can't, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game,"

Nah. Here's whats gonna happen, chief: you wont get a say. Your bosses will nod at everything you say, and then do the jerking off motion behind your back as you leave the room. Then they'll do what they always do; the beginning of [Pick Your Movie] will be the beginning of the game it matches (ex. AC The Movie beginning will just be first 20 mins of AC 1). The middle of [Pick Your Movie] with be the middle of games 2 and 3, with bits of Game 4 and 5 to fill in the flacid plot holes. The ending will be the usual Hollywood 6th grade level garbage. They will say it is based on the beginning of Game 6, which will not have even been announced yet. Ubisoft will confirm this. It'll do average at best in the US, and make its profit overseas, and only then will an even worse sequel be announced. The sequel will be already be halfway filmed and 3 more movie scripts will be sitting on someones desk waiting to be done after that. It either goes the way of Resident Evil, or Mortal Kombat. Many white lines will be sniffed in celebration, and you can find it all on Netflix in about a year and a half when its said and done.

quinnd6
quinnd6

Fassbender it's time to get the joypad out and start playing some video games.

You're a good actor but the video game public demands it.

With all the millions he's getting paid how hard is it to pick up a friggin joypad and do some actual effing research into what the feck you are doing. Don't be a dick about it just do it.

If he's playing an assassins creed character and he's never played assassin's creed it's already a bloody shambles.

If you've never played a video game and you're playing a video game charachter it's painfully obvious look at how hitman the movie went with Timothy Olyphant it was a bloody joke.

Take it from me you don't want to annoy gamers because we never forget.

I am also Irish myself by the way full Irish and proud.

danp111
danp111

preorder your ticket now and get to see 20 mins of unseen movie

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I'm still waiting for video-game movies to get THAT defining film... The one that makes them both true to the source material, commercially/critically successful and damn right enjoyable movies.... Wouldn't mind if AC was that film and does to video-games movies what Spider-Man (2002) did to comic books films

BuBsay
BuBsay

I'm pretty sure whatever respect Ubisoft had for the story of Assassin's Creed was crippled with Assassin's Creed: Revelations and then brutally murdered with Assassin's Creed 3.


Don't get me wrong, I still quite enjoy the gameplay, but the story is definitely not exactly a drawing factor these days.

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

I hope the film plot will not overlap with the current canon from the games and that it will be an extension of the AC universe rather than a reboot or retelling.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

They probably will make the characters all female in the movie (instead of male), and Ubisoft will be ticked, and fans simply won't care either way.

orbit991
orbit991

If that's the case, they need to keep the movie as historically inaccurate as possible, also lot's of walking behind characters, dont forget that defining part please.

nparks
nparks

They should do a modern day version where a trained assassin chooses a more noble path, vowing not to kill, and rather to protect the citizens of his city from the criminals and monsters that vex them.  It could be called "Batman: Arkham Something or Other".

chuckles471
chuckles471

Am I the only one who doesn't want it to be faithful to the game.  


I've had enough of the "present time" in the games, I really don't want it wasting time in a movie as well.

chkmode
chkmode

@Thanatos2k Agree they should stop being a nuisance to directors and let them do their work.

hystavito
hystavito

@PeterDuck I don't really care about the photo, but his overall look there is quite different from the very neat and polished look of many characters he's played.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@PeterDuck What's wrong with his ear? Probably the same thing when someone thinks the same question about one of your physical attributes.

darklord_86
darklord_86

@PeterDuck

Oh my, what an awful comment from you. And what's wrong with you for bothering?

Pyro978
Pyro978

@lubbalots Sadly, from a financial standpoint he is making money for the studios. Each movie so far has at least grossed double of the movie's budget. That's why he does those movies and that's why there is no reboot.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Avalanched Ubisoft was founded in, and is currently headquartered in France, not Canada. The dev team for the first few were in Montreal.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I suppose French-Canadian would have been more accurate.

Pyro978
Pyro978

@maximo It's not a matter of selling out, it's who you get to do the movie for you and how much input you have. Look at all the Halo media, they have been pretty good.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I don't see how giving a good story a wider audience is a bad thing. Do people accuse George RR Martin of selling out for giving HBO one of its most successful series in years? I doubt it.

valdarez
valdarez

Destroyed the gameplay? lol

AC has a rich storyline to draw from for a movie.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Lykanthropie I would watch the whole movie just for a few well executed assassinations.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

@alonfire I agree that it should be an Altair movie, but this is Hollywood, there is NO WAY they're going to have a culturally Islamic main character who fights AGAINST the crusaders. No way. 

Ar13ls
Ar13ls

@brxricano Except he's producing the movie so he has a say in everything. Also, you think they'll shove in 6 games in a movie? Please...

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@danp111 But what do I get if I pre-order my ticket digitally? Is there a specific bonus if I watch it at a Cinemark?

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Gotta agree, although I thoroughly enjoyed the first of the series stories the most.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@BetaVulgaris What current canon?  The current canon is in the gutter smelling up the place.  Ubisoft doesn't care for the current canon, why should we?

leimonides
leimonides

@BetaVulgaris  Ubisoft has some degree of control here still so, with that, and with Fassbender's remark of wanting to be faithful, this could be actually happen. 


I would think, especially with this series, that that would be the only real direction worth taking; this series is set up really well to encompass extensions; there is no reason to retell anything; a reboot would be wasteful. 



BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

@chuckles471 I think having two parallel stories (present and past) could work very well in the films. In the games it just takes you out of the moment and you just want to get back to being an assassin as quickly as possible, but in the films it might just work.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@canuckbiker Giving something a wider audience has never made any game or movie better.  Ever.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@canuckbiker Not to mention Harry Potter is another big example, but the author had huge involvement with the films.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@ExtremePhobia @danp111 Preorder at Fandango and get the "Templar Secrets" after the credits scene.  Preorder from moveticketsdotcom and get the "Dark Legacy" after the credits scene instead.


Didn't preorder?  Ushers will hurl you out of your seats at the end.