It has been announced today that Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a division of game developer Ubisoft, have partnered with New Regency to develop a live-action movie based on Assassin’s Creed. Also announced is that Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, Prometheus) is attached to play the lead in the film. There is no set release date yet, but the movie is being fast-tracked into production with a screenplay being worked on immediately, possibly giving it a 2014 release date. (Source: Daily BLAM!)
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television division of Ubisoft, will develop the Assassin’s Creed film in close collaboration with New Regency. The development of a screenplay is beginning immediately and the project is being fast tracked as the creative pieces come together, while allowing Ubisoft to maintain control of key elements of the movie’s creative direction. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
“Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent- and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
The partnership with New Regency comes hot on the heels of Ubisoft Motion Pictures attaching distinguished actor Michael Fassbender to the Assassin’s Creed film.
“We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to Assassin’s Creed, which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years,” said Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer, New Regency. “Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible.”
Assassin’s Creed is a historical/science fiction, third-person action-adventure game series from developer Ubisoft that, as of 2011, consists of four main games and a number of supporting materials. Several tie-in novels and comic book series are also being published. All of the Assassin’s Creed games take place in 2012, featuring a protagonist who is unknowingly a descendent of a line of Assassins. He is initially kidnapped by the megacorporation Abstergo Industries,the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, and forced to use a device that sends him back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.