Ubisoft lining up Assassin's Creed movie director

Ubisoft may team Michael Fassbender back up with the director of Macbeth.

Talks are underway with Justin Kurzel to direct the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, Deadline reports.

Kurzel is relatively unknown, having only directed a few projects to date. Most recently, he worked on a film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender--set to play the lead role in the Assassin's Creed film--in the eponymous role of Macbeth.

According to Deadline, New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have yet to sign Kurzel to a deal, "but they are eager to get this film started, so it'll come soon."

The Assassin's Creed movie has been in the works for some time now. Fassbender, known best for his roles in movies such as Prometheus, Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, and 12 Years a Slave, has been attached since mid-2012. (He's never played the games, if you're wondering.) Later that year, the movie was fast-tracked, and soon after playwright Michael Lesslie was brought on as a writer.

The movie was reportedly set for release in May 2015, but was delayed late last year until August 7, 2015. We recently learned the movie will be re-written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, though whether that will push the release even further back is unknown.

Assassin's Creed is just one of six Ubisoft properties the company is attempting to base a movie on, the others being Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, Splinter Cell, and Rayman's Rabbids. Films based on games are notorious for falling apart before they are released, so it remains to be seen how many of these will actually come to fruition.

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Discussion

11 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

I have never cared who directs what movie, doesn't matter as long as it's good. Saying that, of course I will be cynical about this until the final verdict comes(and I may still be that way after that). But that's mainly because of the well known love for video game movies and vice versa.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

Oh, just knock it off already. There are better video game movies to make.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

SIX movies?? I knew Ubisoft were insane, but that's unbelievable.
Having a Raving Rabbids movie is as justified as that Angry Birds one being made... they seem destined to be bad.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Micheal Fassbender is a very talented actor. If anyone can bring credibility to this movie, it's him.

haze0986
haze0986

i was an avid fan of AC franchise , then after ac2 the feeling was gone....the games are a rippoff and now they want to rip you off at the box office

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

we need to star a indian with a thick accent

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@haze0986 The inclusion of MP started to show a decline in the single player. Brotherhood was the beginning to the end.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Usually I'd agree, but I've enjoyed ac4 more than any other in the series.