Fox Gives ‘Assassin’s Creed’ a Release Date

By January 11, 2015
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Video game developer Ubisoft’s leading franchise for the last several years has been Assassin’s Creed. This past year, they released the respective seventh and eighth games in the series: Assassin’s Creed Unity on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The series primarily takes place in varying time periods, with a conflict between the ancient brotherhood of the Assassins taking on the nefarious Templars as their conflict lasts across hundreds of years in several different continents.

The first game, for instance, takes place in the 12th century during the tumultuous third crusade and follows Master Assassin Altaïr as he discovers a Templar infestation in his order, while last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity takes place primarily during the French Revolution in the late 18th century, as Assassin Arno helps the people rise up against the ruling class.

These sequences in the past are usually framed by a modern day element, where the sequences through history are actually the memories of a modern day Assassin being relived through the use of a bio-interface machine called an “Animus.” The plot of each game often follows how the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars continues to persist into the modern era, with greater context given to the bigger picture through the actions of previous Assassins.

At least since 2011, Assassin’s Creed has been developing as a feature film to star Michael Fassbender, where the actor will also serve as producer. While the setting of the film hasn’t been confirmed, unconfirmed reports seem to center the historical setting of the film on the Spanish Inquisition, while also taking place during the modern era. Fassbender would be playing both the modern descendant and the Assassin during the period, and while not expressly following the established continuity of the game series, it would still follow “the spirit” of what the game laid down.

According to a recent article from The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has centered on a release date for an Assassin’s Creed feature film: December 21st, 2016. It also names Australian director Justin Kurzel, who has helmed the independent film Snowtown and a segment of The Turning anthology film, as the director of the project. Kurzel has been rumored as director since early 2014, but this seems to be some of the most firm confirmation of his involvement yet.

Assassin’s Creed certainly has a great deal of enduring popularity with gamers, and Ubisoft pumps out a new game every year to keep up with it, much like how Activision has a new installment of Call of Duty ready to go annually. While many video game-based films have failed to live up to the reputations of the game series’ themselves (looking at you, Street Fighter), Fassbender’s high level of involvement should help to alleviate some fears, at least before the new film is released.

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