Sony stalking Assassin's Creed film rights

Variety reports Sony Pictures in final negotiations with Ubisoft for big-screen adaptation of action game; publisher insists on maintaining a measure of creative control.

Although Assassin's Creed has been an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 mainstay since the first game's 2007 launch, Sony wants one aspect of the multiplatform franchise all to itself. According to the movie biz publication Variety, Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal to make a big-screen franchise out of Ubisoft's open-world action stealth series.

Which characters should the Assassin's Creed film focus on? Who should play them?

The trade magazine reports that several other studios had been bidding for the film rights in recent months, with Universal among the companies ultimately losing out to Sony. One of the key factors in Sony's favor during the bidding process was reportedly its willingness to let Ubisoft maintain a larger measure of creative control in the project. At the moment, Sony and Ubisoft are said to be in final negotiations on a deal.

Ubisoft has made no secret of its multimedia ambitions in recent years. In 2008, it acquired the Montreal-based special effects studio behind 300 to work on live-action adaptations of its various franchises and earlier this month announced a Raving Rabbids TV series that will air on Nickelodeon starting in 2013. Last year saw the publisher's highest-profile foray into film to date, with the Disney feature film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time debuting to a tepid reaction at the box office.

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dnguyen3
dnguyen3

Hope it turns out well and accurately follows the games without screwing up the plot or putting in ridiculous characters that wouldn't fit the part. 

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

Also, please God let the Assassins Creed creators be involved! ubisoft's team needs to protect it from the likes of Disney

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

Like my beloved Dark Tower books, I am weary of when talk like this comes up. Please, please do not f*** this up. I would rather not see this made than to see it made into something like the prince of Persia. I do not want to see pg-13 stapled to this either. I want 300! BTW, how about Jeffrey Donovan as Altair? I think he would do well. Just not as Desmond. I do think the Wentworth Miller idea. He could do either well. He definitely has "the look" of Altair.

Granpire
Granpire

Come on people, I'd rather not have another summer blockbuster with Jason Statham or Johnny Depp... Those movies always end up with good action but poor acting and stories. We've got enough game-based movies for that. Don't you want an Assassin's Creed film to portray the story in the chilling, alternate-history kind of excitement that the games portray? We don't need overhyped popular actors to play the role...

HiSaZuL
HiSaZuL

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Franzkill
Franzkill

Good choices for Desmond? Err Ryan Gosling and Wentworth Miller spring to mind.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Just as long as it's not animated, I'll see it.

dunnyfuad
dunnyfuad

maybe jason statham can be do that.............!! ;)

espernay
espernay

yup! it should be johnny depp.

Shreyp25
Shreyp25

Johnny depp can play role of yusuf

Ometh
Ometh

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phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Also the 300 Special effect studio will make it EXTRA bloody when they do assassinations. Can't wait

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Please Please Please don't pull a Prince of Persia!

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

"The games themselves have a detailed enough story and compacting / streamlining that for cinematic purposes is stupid." The first one sure as heck didn't. the first one had some story in the beginning and some story in the end but that was about it.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

I also want a Prince of Persia 2 Film sequel.

samirus
samirus

The guy from Burn Notice (Jeffrey Donovan) could do a great job. He got good hand-to-hand combat skills and it's great with accents. Also Jason Statham has the martial art skills to play the character. I hope they don't get some lame character that have no clue about combat skills but have a bunch of doubles doing the high risk parts!

foxrock66
foxrock66

@MrBBQ56 Nowhere in my post did I say Shia as Ezio. I specifically said Desmond. I agree he would be a horrible Ezio. Hence I did not recommend him for the part.

Codester_41
Codester_41

Meh, if Either of the Assassin's Characters were black, I'd pick Will Smith. Even though he's older, He'd still kick @$$.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

This applies to any movie really - they should NOT get actors based on fame alone. The actors should fit the role and be able to act. Just because an actor is famous, does not necessarily mean the are good. As for the story: I think it would be a waste of time if they were to recreate any part of the games. The games themselves have a detailed enough story and compacting / streamlining that for cinematic purposes is stupid. They should focus on completely new characters, for example: Subject 16 or one of the earlier "subjects". And yes, I do believe they need to include the modern-day setting with the Animus being used to relive memories, rather than focusing solely on an ancestor. Either way, I never have high-hopes for movie tie-ins. Games allow for much more interesting stories that can be told over a longer period of time. Films are too condenced and short to tell a truely amazing story like AC in just 2 hours.

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

Oh, and Steven Spielberg should direct it.

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

I believe that the movie should focus on some completely new characters and use total CGI for the film. No actors whatsoever except the voice actors. That's the only way a film like this is gonna work.

krlex
krlex

The actor selection would be a tough pick. Especially to satisfy avid fans of the game. I believe it should be a new face. Someone versatile enough to be able to play Desmond, Ezio or Altair (and anything else coming down the pipe from the creators). I definitely believe that Ubisoft needs to be the creative element of the movie as well as maintain de last decision on the script. Otherwise, the whole franchaise could risk loosing its current popularity. Assassin's Creed is not just a game anymore, it is a phenomenon! :)

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

Everyone knows how such movies end :?

MrBBQ56
MrBBQ56

@foxrock66 Shia Lebeouf would suck as Ezio...

1stormbringer77
1stormbringer77

@ nanquan72 I didn't think about Anime'!That's actually a fantastic idea!Humans can't fall from towers into bales of hay like an animated character can,plus the blood coming from them would be better than what we've all seen in movies of the past.Admit it,Disney wouldn't LET things like that happen & as slippship said "it's an adult theme that needs to stay that way".Peter Jackson would do pretty good as well as Nolan or Cuaron so I hope they make a good choice for Director.TV or Cinema is a tough call,but either one would be fantastic for an Anime'.

Yasviele
Yasviele

Keanu Reaves will be Ezio

GFourteenM
GFourteenM

Ubisoft has the 300 studio in their corner. This is one of those video games that needs to be a gritty and dark movie. Get Peter Jackson!! #fanboy

trivolution
trivolution

At least it's not Ewe Boll directing the film

tetrissanity
tetrissanity

@foxrock66 lebeouf would be the ideal choice as he has the perfect appearance. But i'm not too sure about his character personality because he always seem to play the dweep or wimp in almost every movie he plays in

foxrock66
foxrock66

Let Nolan direct, maybe Lebeouf as Desmond - that's a big maybe, but he's who comes to mind. The tough bit will be handling the assassins

janspies88
janspies88

Oh great idea! A movie based on a game, I mean it has always worked in the pass.... OH WAIT!!!!

BreakingSpecter
BreakingSpecter

Well Ezio has had the most story in the games so far so might as well go with him.

slippship
slippship

@Codester_41 You are right, it's an adult theme that needs to stay that way. I like Resi films, secret shhhh, but there are so many films based on games that have failed because of falling away from original themes. Let's hope, I loved the books based on the games.

Lord_luke
Lord_luke

There is a difference to have creative freedom and Creative freedom with good cinematography. I wonder who is going to direct it, because is going to be up to him in what makes or breaks the movie.

mohsendevil66
mohsendevil66

i prefer warner bros.anyway i think christian bale is best for the main role.

Codester_41
Codester_41

I hope they make this movie an R rating. We don't want disney shaping the violent game like prince of persia into a sissy action movie. I want blood and jump from the roof, stab through the neck and blast everyone away movie. I think they should first start with Altair. Who should play him? I have no clue...

IrithAyllistira
IrithAyllistira

I hope they'll make a good adaption. Prince of Persia was just too commercial for my taste.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@yasinizawesome That alllll depends on the movies. Some adaptions are good... just not all. I reckon this movie would be awesome though.

gladosrev2
gladosrev2

While I love Ezio Auditore da Firenze and was waiting for a movie based on AC, I feel it's best if they don't recreate any of the game stories released so far, rather I'd prefer they do a prequel of the first game, showing Altair and how he ended up in that Temple below the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.. would be a great introduction to the series.

nanquan72
nanquan72

Why not go with a full animation version. The preview of the game is incredible and at that level would be an amazing film. For me live actors just won't cut it. For example they won't do the stunts like free running (re: recent Bond film). The martial arts will be typical close cropped rubbish 'action' rather than the old school Chinese martial flicks of Shaw Broths and co. Assassins Creed is a brilliant game, especially the first. Very original, very historical and a wonderful place to lose yourself in!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@yasinizawesome I wouldn't say that. I just don't think the film industry takes games seriously enough yet. Think about the original comic book movies: they were awful. But a couple of decades later we get The Dark Knight. I say give it time. While movie licensed games tend to stink, I think the industry as a whole is embracing movies more and more. It seems like a hard thing to do, but when movies and games do occasionally meld together just right, the results are awesome.

Warful
Warful

From seeing Andy Whitfield in Spartacus, he would have done an amazing job as Desmond Miles, sadly he parted from this world in September. But if they had made AC a series instead of a movie, I think he would have been amazing cause of his voice and just his characteristics.