Back in July we reported that Michael Fassbender was set to both star and co-produce a movie adaptation of the classic game Assassins Creed. Fassbender would co-produce through his own DMC Film, but while that news was exciting, the film seemed like it would never actually happen, until now…
Deadline reports that New Regency has made a deal to both finance and distribute the adaptation of the Ubisoft game, which was first brought to the table by Ubisoft’s Motion Pictures division. It is also reported that Ubisoft will have a strong creative input, which is a good indication that things will be done right. See, video game adaptation are not always good come the final product, but then few have a star as big as Michael Fassbender to lead it, and it is very doubtful Fassbender will expect anything less than brilliance.
The deal will also see Fassbender once again working with New Regency, who produced the stars third film with director Steve McQueen, Twelve Years A Slave. Regency have also produced Man on Fire, Love & Other Drugs and Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Noah.
“This is the perfect intersection of what we have been trying to do, and that is to work with top quality talent like Michael Fassbender,” said Regency CEO Brad Weston. “We see this as our first big commercial action franchise property. Fassbender just did 12 Years A Slave with us, and he is as good an actor as there is right now. The storyline we are pursuing has a great narrative and because Ubisoft’s games are so character- and story-driven, Assassin’s Creed lends itself perfectly to our goal to re-brand Regency as a filmmaker-driven company.”
So far the Assassins Creed games have sold 37 million units worldwide, and Assassins Creed 3 is due to arrive here in the UK in time for Halloween, on 31st October. Ubisoft Motion Pictures are also developing movie adaptations of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon games.
“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 UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet. “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.”
It is not yet clear which Assassins Creed game the movie adaptation will follow, but we will keep you updated of further developments.