A few months ago, we alerted you all to the fact that an Assassin’s Creed film seemed to be in the works, with Michael Fassbender as the lead role. While that was kind of a murmuring and nothing was really concrete, there is now evidence that an Assassin’s Creed film is indeed being made.
A company named New Regency has decided to fund the film; they are responsible for funding movies like Fight Club, Man on Fire, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. We don’t know what the budget will look like yet, but hopefully it is reasonable, because I would suspect a decent amount of necessary CGI and set building. If this film does well, Ubisoft has already talked about maybe some Splinter Cell or Ghost Recon movies.
What does this have to do with video games you might ask. Well, this helps legitimize video games as a vehicle of expression and storytelling. There has yet to be a truly successful movie franchise based specifically on a video game. The closest would have to be Resident Evil, but I think those have separated themselves from the video game franchise by now. I also think this project is the first time that the actual developers will have a significant say in the movie.
This could mean great things in the future for video games. Hopefully more details will come out soon. Make sure to check back here.