Variety reported that Shame, X-Men First Class and Prometheus star Michael Fassbender will lend his talents as an actor and a producer to the upcoming big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed.
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.
The story revolves around a man who learns that his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by an secret organization to the Knight 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.”
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.
It’s pretty interesting to see Michael Fassbender play as Desmond Miles. I mean, he is an immensely talented actor, I think he can pull it off. The project is still under development and no release date/window mentioned in the report, probably we will hear more about this epic game-turned-movie in a couple of months or years.