With Assassin’s Creed: The Movie nothing is carved in stone, not even the writers or the release date, but it appears that the motion picture which focuses on Desmond Miles, the protagonist from the first trilogy has dibs on the summer of 2015. Although Ubisoft announced back in 2012 that it would partner with production company New Regency and 20th Century Fox for this movie’s distribution, the developer has already hired the third set of writers and both the cast and release date could change again until its 2015 premiere. So far, it is known that actor Michael Fassbender, known for 12 Years a Slave and X-Men: Days of Future Past plays Miles, the descendant of other Assassins.
Assassin’s Creed: The Movie is a big budget production which passes through its second rewrite, thanks to Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, but even if the news may sound troubling, Ubisoft still appears to have dibs on the summer of 2015, as previously rumored. Although not much is known about this production, which leaves fans oblivious when it comes to the script, the LinkedIn profile of Ubisoft’s executive producer Fannie Pailloux shows that the shooting will begin in August 2014. Assassin’s Creed producers have been keeping fans in suspense for two years already, but the fashionable delay of the release day could be connected to Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ decision to transform five other games into movies: Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell, Far Cry, Ghost Recon and Rabbids.
Rumor has it that 20th Century Fox’s prime candidate to direct Assassin’s Creed: The Movie is Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House, but the only confirmation with regard to the awaited film is that Michael Fassbender will be both an actor and a producer. However, the movie that reportedly appears next year is not the only film in plan for Ubisoft’s phase one; Splinter Cell, starring Tom Hardy is part of the package at New Regency and Warner Bros. has dibs on Ghost Recon, which will be developed by Michael Bay, known for Transformers.
Phase two of Ubisoft Motion Pictures includes Watch Dogs, Rabbids and Far Cry, for which the division led by UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet still holds the reins.
Since Assassin’s Creed: The Movie and Splinter Cell have been perceived as a package, it comes as no surprise that they share the same presumed producers, namely Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Frank Marshall and Wrath of the Titans’ Basil Iwanyk. So far, the movie has also had two writers, but the second rewrite is currently done by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, known for upcoming Exodus: Gods & Kings and The General. While working on Assassin’s Creed: The Movie, the duo has also accepted to work on other productions like the adaptation of the novel Devil In The Grove, The Maccabee, Shake and the series called Pinkerton.
Until the movie is released, Ubisoft is betting on the franchise’s upcoming game Unity, which is rumored to appear at the same time with Comet, its version for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Regardless of the secrecy that shrouds the motion picture, Assassin’s Creed: The Movie still appears to have dibs on the summer of 2015.
By Gabriela Motroc