Anyone who may be hopeful/skeptical about next December’s Assassin’s Creed take note: they’re already working on a sequel.
According to a report from The Tracking Board, New Regency has begun working on plans for the second Assassin’s Creed film, 9 months before the first one even opens in theaters. Michael Fassbender will return for the sequel, as will much of the production team. No word yet on whether director Justin Kurzel or co-star Marion Cotillard will be back.
Obviously, this means New Regency feels very confident in the film’s quality and, more importantly to them, box office potential. Assassin’s Creed has a budget of $125 million, so clearly they want this thing to be a huge hit. Video game adaptations are always tricky and, more often than not, terrible, but there’s hope that this film could be the one that finally gets it right (sorry, Warcraft). Considering the popularity of the video game franchise, the film already has a built-in audience that should number in the millions, and with Michael Fassbender in the lead role that should draw quite the crowd. So if it turns out to actually be good? Just imagine the possibilities.
Assassin’s Creed is not a retelling of any of the previous video games’ stories, however it does exist in the same world. With a dozen platform games already produced (to say nothing of the mobile game, Facebook app, and board game), this is a franchise with proven longevity. New Regency clearly believes they’ve got the next billion-dollar franchise on their hands, and greenlighting the sequel so soon is (probably) a smart move. You know, assuming the film is actually good. Keep those fingers crossed, folks.
Assassin’s Creed opens on December 21, 2016.
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