Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender

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Not sure if this belongs in Moves & TV or here . . .

Fassbender game for 'Assassin's Creed'

Thesp to star in, co-produce bigscreen adaptation of vidgame

By Marc Graser, Elsa Keslassy


Michael Fassbender will star in and co-produce "Assassin's Creed," the bigscreen adaptation of Ubisoft's videogame franchise, through his DMC Film banner.

While Fassbender's profile has risen with roles in "X-Men: First Class," "Shame," "Haywire," "Prometheus," and will next be seen in "The Counselor" and "Twelve Years a Slave," thesp also has spent the past year developing films with Conor McCaughan through their new shingle. Together, they produced the short "Pitch Black Heist."

"Assassin's Creed" is the duo's most high-profile project, given that the game is Ubisoft's biggest franchise, selling over 30 million units since 2007. A third "Assassin's Creed" game bows Oct. 30 and is set during the American Revolution. First two take place during the Crusades and Renaissance. Altogether there have been a total of nine games released across various platforms.

Plot revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.

"Michael Fassbender was our first choice" to play the franchise's iconic hooded hero, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."

Last fall, Ubisoft was in talks with Sony to develop a series of "Assassin's" pics (Daily Variety, Oct. 20, 2011). But the companies have since put negotiations on hold.

Ubisoft execs now plan to stick to their initial plan and develop the film independently in order to maintain greater creative control. Last year, Ubisoft invested in launching UMP, headed by Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, to adapt the company's games into films, TV shows and digital projects.

While Sony could still wind up distribing the films, UMP will package the project with a writer and director before resuming talks with the studio.

"We're open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalized," Baronnet told Variety.

Ubisoft also is looking to raise financing for the tentpole through foreign presales and co-production deals, which again could again involve Sony.

"Whatever the financial model, UMP will limit its risk investment," and will save on production costs by turning to its 26 in-house game studios like Hybride Technologies, to handle visual effects work, Baronnet said.

Ubisoft sees adaptations as a way to turn its games into larger brands that will get the titles in front of more consumers while creating lucrative new revenue sources for the company. One of its first projects is an animated TV series based on the "Raving Rabbids" franchise that will air on Nickelodeon. Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot also wants to develop films for the games "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" and "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon."

By controlling more of the creative through UMP, Ubisoft hopes it doesn't wind up with another "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," adapted by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer. Pic earned a disappointing $335 million worldwide, with just $91 million of that in the U.S. last year, ending any franchise dreams.
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Stop making movies out of videogames.
It sounds good in theory but has it ever really worked out?

I mean, besides Tomb Raider, but let's be honest it would be shitty without the tits.
 

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It sounds good in theory but has it ever really worked out?

I mean, besides Tomb Raider, but let's be honest it would be shitty without the tits.
It never works because games stories are specifically made for interaction. It doesn't translate at all to movies. Why don't these people stop wasting time and money and come up with original ideas.
 

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Because Prince of Persia was a great movie.....No it wasn't
I have not played the Assassin's Creed games, but it sounds like a lousy idea for a movie.
 

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It never works because games stories are specifically made for interaction. It doesn't translate at all to movies. Why don't these people stop wasting time and money and come up with original ideas.
Hell, it doesn't even need to be an original idea. There are about five gazillion novels out there waiting to be turned into movies.

Now, that being said, if any game could work as a movie this is it.

A video game movie could work if they did it right. Using AC for an example, treat the movie as Assassins Creed 2.5. Same main character in the Animus (sp?, it's been a while) but a different character back in time. Maybe 1600's Europe.

Same thing could work with Uncharted. Make a new story within the franchise without touching the games themselves.
 

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Who doesn't love a quality video game adaptation like Double Dragon??? :trollol:

Billy Lee: Look who's talkin', UG Lee.
Jimmy Lee: Get it straight. YOU'RE "Ug" Lee. I'm "Home" Lee.
Billy Lee: Oh, okay...

Oscar worthy dialogue

 

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Hell, it doesn't even need to be an original idea. There are about five gazillion novels out there waiting to be turned into movies.
If you make a movie off of a book most people don't know, you have to actually make it good, hope the critics agree, get the promotion for it right, hope it wins awards, etc.

Make a movie off of a best selling video game, and millions of lazy idiots go see it just because of the title.
 

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Let me ask this. Has anyone actually made a serious video game movie?
 

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Even RE stunk to high heaven.

It's never been done.

I enjoy Fassbender a lot though. I'll give it a watch after it's on DVD/Torrent.
 

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The original Mortal Kombat movie wasn't half bad. Not exactly a masterpiece but I enjoyed it when I was 14 years old.
 

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Could be great if it's done right but I won't get my hopes up.
 

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It never works because games stories are specifically made for interaction. It doesn't translate at all to movies. Why don't these people stop wasting time and money and come up with original ideas.
exactly, on the other hand though the story and game play of the Half Life series plays out very much like a movie. I'd make cumsies all over if they make it.
 
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I'm interested in the movie because I love the games. Fassbender is a great actor and I'm interested to see him as an assassin. I'm curious if he's going to be Altair, Ezio, Connor, or a new Assassin that is in the same universe. I also wonder how they're going to deal with the Animus. I'm thinking there might be too much for it to be a movie. The only idea I have for it to work would be having it in the past all the way up to the end where it has whoever waking up in the Animus saying, "I'm ready" or some other cheesy line.
 

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I want a good god damned Mario Brothers movie.
 
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I don't think that'll ever happen. The first one scared Nintendo off of making movies, that's why there has never been a Zelda movie, and I think that would be far more deserving. If they ever do make another Mario movie, I don't think live action is the way to go.