In a recent interview with IGN, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Frank star Michael Fassbender answered questions about whether or not he is still involved with the Assassin’s Creed live action movie (he is) and what fans of Ubisoft’s best-selling video game franchise can expect.
You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game.
But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, “This is so rich,” and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.
Rumors have persisted that Fassbender will take on the role of Edward Kenway, “a Welsh-born British privateer-turned-pirate and member of the Assassin Order” who appeared in the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken games, but it’s still unclear whether he’ll play Kenway or one of the characters from an earlier incarnation of the game. Since I’m sure they want to try to make a new film franchise out of this, I’m pretty sure Kenway’s either going to live a bit longer than he did in the game – but they could always shoot it as a trilogy if they wanted to. Ubisoft has a huge amount of creative control in shepherding this property to the big screen, and with Fassbender on board, we’re hoping it’ll turn out to be much better than your typical video game adaptation.
The film currently has an August 7th, 2015 release date, but as with most video game-to-film adaptations, I’ll believe it when I see it. What do you guys think?
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