Wolverine screenwriter to rewrite Assassin's Creed film

Academy Award nominee Scott Frank says adapting a video game "has its own set of challenges."

Academy Award nominee Scott Frank, who most recently wrote for The Wolverine, is rewriting the script for the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie, the Hollywood veteran told Creative Screenwriting in a new interview.

"I'm rewriting Assassin’s Creed right now, and what I love about it is that I've never adapted a video game before and it has its own set of challenges," Frank said. "Especially in the world of rewrites, I love trying to do something completely different if I can."

Frank was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 1998's Out of Sight, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney. He also wrote for Minority Report, Marley & Me, and Malice, among others.

British playwright Michael Lesslie wrote the most recent draft of the Assassin's Creed film.

The Assassin's Creed movie stars Michael Fassbender (Shame, Inglorious Basterds) and will be released by FOX in summer 2015.

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.

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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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101 comments
QueerGamersXist
QueerGamersXist

is it going to be ezio or altair? its hard to see lily-white fassbender playing altair (even ezio is a bit of a stretch...). jake gyllenhaal playing prince of persia was painful enough, and now this... can we please stop having white actors play character of color? pretty please?

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

It's Inglourious Basterds. I'm surprised it's not a link.

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

If they want the AC film to be successful, please PLEASE have the writers and director at least watch the game.  Too often we get someone who says they are going to "put their creative take on this genre" and the game ends up sucking.  Stay true to the source material and make it for AC fans first, then other fans second.

telaros
telaros

If anyone knows how to make a movie about stabbing and jumping around, it's this guy.

Thankfully its not like Assassins Creed focuses on story anyways. Stealth kills and contrived story telling is all most casual movie goes give a damn about I guess :p

adward22
adward22

Michael Fassbender as altair ...cant wait to see the trailer :)

adward22
adward22

i miss altair the bloody cold killer ^_^

adward22
adward22

woooow assassins creed movie  in holywood @_@ :) icant imagine how it will be a master piece :)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

How many movies that have had to be rewritten have not sucked?

Another video game movie bomb incoming.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

You cannot make AC into a movie.  You just can't.  You can't take enough material to make 3 seasons of television and boil it down to 120 minutes of popcorn.  Miniseries, at best.  A movie will never work.

dawnar
dawnar

 Can't we just get a cgi movie with all the great voice actors from the games? Seriously ppl, consider it. I would rather see a cgi AC movie with Ezio (like the AC Revelations inrtro) than see it in live action. 

Same goes for ALL the superhero movies which were acceptable but not awesome. If we could see a JL CGI movie of the level of say... injustice or dc universe online intros then I would be a satisfied customer. 

Live action in fiction is always a gamble and always will be. Just stick with CGI. MUCH better.

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

Considering how he completely butchered the classic, lauded Miller/Claremont Wolverine comic to make a soulless action caper, I foresee Bad Things in store for this movie.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I want to be excited for this. But this screenwriter isn't very consistent.

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

wolverine was a terrible movie.... so bad. But minority report was amazing.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

What about Driver San Francisco? Man I love that game.

smirvane
smirvane

Please, don't screw it.......

DJ_KooPee
DJ_KooPee

OK, Michael Fassbender and the writer of Minority Report (so if they still keep the sci-fi stuff we should be OK).

Now don't f*** it up!!!

soulless4now
soulless4now

I really liked  The Wolverine so this is good news.

And OMG Magneto is going to be an Assassin now? *faints*  

focuspuller
focuspuller

Michael Fassbender in an AC film? Are you fucking kidding? Let's do this!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Rabbids and Angry Birds - who will win that epic face-off?

The other franchises could make entertaining movies, but there are lots of action thrillers already and they rarely make an impression.

quidditch3
quidditch3

Doesn't sound promising. Why do they have to get the screenwriter of the xmen spinoff failure.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

This guy enjoys characters with claws. Inc. Edward Scissorhands remake.

LightEffect
LightEffect

I didn't like Wolverine so this doesn't sound promising...

berserker66666
berserker66666

Well this will go well.......just like every other video game to movies..........

wgerardi
wgerardi

Mediocre writer.

Mediocre game.

Shitty movie.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

ubimovies, only on uplay.

is uplay coming to consoles?

thanxforplayin
thanxforplayin

Not sure how I feel about the wolverine director getting this job, and he says he's rewriting it and loves to do something completely different if I can?! How about you don't fuck with the story it's great! That's why I play the god damn thing. Ubi better keep on this guy keeping the story intact or it could go all south and kill the series. What's next a call of duty movie

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Six movies.  SIX!  Ubisoft has SIX movies in development.

Yikes!  That's six potential disasters!

adward22
adward22

oh y dummy yes they can if they got best director ,best acotor ,best acting and money ..yes they can :)

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@LightEffect script was cheesy and slow, about 6 flashbacks of Jean Grey in bedrooms even though she wasn't in the rest of the movie.. terrible.

sgt_F79
sgt_F79

@wgerardi Mediocre  game after 2...i miss the true AC.

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

@urayanya @DrowNoble I'm willing to forgive them for not playing it, but they should at least watch someone playing it.  Many games are very cinematic now so you could actually sit and watch someone play and still be entertained.

wgerardi
wgerardi

@TheLazyClown @wgerardi hahaha do people who play Assassins Creed think they/it is superior to Halo and CoD? lol

I have a new flash for you, my friend. They are all garbage- you just like the stink of AC better.