There are several films this year that will be attempting to break Hollywood’s long-running video game adaptation curse, with both Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, which I am hopefully optimistic about, and Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed. The latter of which has enough talent behind it to be considered an awards contender if not for its source material roots after Kurzel’s incredible Macbeth last year, and the equally stunning cast it has lined up.
While recently speaking with Empire though, Michael Fassbender, who is not only the film’s lead, but has also been with the project for several years now, spoke about the film’s cinematic influences and compared it to arguably one of the most impactful sci-fi films of all time:
“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”
Personally, I’ve always considered the Creed stories to reside more in the sci-fi realm anyways, even more than its fantastical period settings, so the comparisons to The Matrix don’t come as all that shocking at this point. Although, what that could mean for the film’s visuals and action sequences makes this adaptation seem even more exciting:
“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in [Maltese capital] Valletta. We’ve got [stunt man] Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”
Considering how engrossing the action in the games themselves can be sometimes, the film has a high bar of quality that it will need to match in order to really stand out from its franchise, but I’d be lying if Fassbender’s comments about that Leap of Faith don’t make me very, unreasonably giddy.
Despite the film’s several delays and long time it was stuck in development hell too, Kurzel blew me away with Macbeth last year as one of the most visually stunning films of 2015, and his reunion with Fassbender here as well as co-star Marion Cotillard would be enough to make me excited for any movie, let alone an Assassin’s Creed adaptation. The way I see it though is, if all of these talented people can’t make a successful video game adaptation, then I don’t know who could.
Assassins Creed is set to hit theatres on December 21st.
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