Michael Fassbender to Star in Assassin's Creed Movie
07.09.12 by Ryan
Last fall, we reported that Sony Pictures had won a bidding war for the rights to make a live-action adaptation of Ubisoft's historical action video game franchise Assassin's Creed. While those negotiations have since been put on hold, it looks like the movie version of Assassin's Creed has taken a step forward with X-Men: First Class and Prometheus star Michael Fassbender set to star and co-produce the movie.
Ubisoft's biggest franchise, the Assassin's Creed games have sold over 30 million units since 2007, with the latest installment, Assassin's Creed III set for release in October. The games revolve around a bartender named Desmond Miles, who is the ancestor of assassins and is forced to experience and relive his family's memories through a device called the "Animus," which takes him back to the time of the Renaissance. "Michael Fassbender was our first choice," Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, told Variety. "Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."
While it's possible that Sony may still distribute the movie, Ubisoft is looking to keep creative control of Assassin's Creed and is looking to attach a screenwriter and director before finalizing studio involvement. The video game company is looking to avoid a franchise-killing adaptation like 2010's disappointing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which was based on another Ubisoft video game.