Of course film adaptations are a thing common in today’s cinematic age. Movies based on books, comics, musicals and plays are thundering onto our screens, but what’s this? Assassin’s Creed? Isn’t that a video game? As Michael Fassbender stars in the picture based on the famous gaming franchise, audiences are due to be confronted by an interesting film that has only been circulating in the form of transparent rumours, though now it’s official! Assassin’s Creed the movie is coming our way!
Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Hitman are examples of video game films, all of which were utterly unremarkable and generally unsuccessful, despite the popularity of the original product. But Assassin’s Creed has what all of these didn’t… A bloody good cast. Of course Fassbender is a brilliant actor and he alone would be big enough a name to draw the crowds, but he’s joined by his Macbeth partner Marion Cotillard, Irish legend Brendan Gleeson and his son Brian Gleeson. So as the news comes out that this film is in fact approaching, after a spell of production in London, can fans expect a commendable rendering of this acclaimed name?
Callum Lynch (Fassbender) is a descendant of Aguilar, a member of the secret Assassins society in renaissance times, and as a result of his particular genes, Lynch is able to relive the experiences of his malevolent forefather. This story is similar to that of the games and in relation to the franchise, more specifically Assassin’s Creed II; it is a prequel to the story of Ezio Auditore and the protagonist is actually Ezio’s father. An intriguing plot that should have mass appeal, even for those that have not played the games.
Rumours of this film have been popping up in media for quite a while now. People knew the Kerry actor was associated with the role, but beyond that there was no concrete information about the movie in regards its structure and shape. When asked about why it took so long before an official announcement could be made, Fassbender responded “it takes time to get a good story together and we wanted to do it right”. Although irritatingly vague, at least fans know that neither the script nor production were just thrown together rashly, but rather assembled with genuine care.
Others involved were seemingly reluctant to reveal anything about the movie and such secrecy has led to much frustration among Assassin’s Creed buffs. Details of the film have been floating around like dust in the air with much guessing and speculation sprouting, though after Azaizia Aymar (Ubisoft’s Content Head) tweeted that filming had ceased on the Assassin’s Creed project, the highly anticipated confirmation was at last granted to those awaiting such news.
Of course there is no guarantee that this adaptation will be successful, and fans can’t really get excited until there is at least a trailer released. But there is already a sense of enthusiasm growing as pictures of the cast and posters of Fassbender are emerging. It has the promise of a good film, and Fassbender rarely disappoints these days, so when a trailer finally is released I expect an eager anticipation to blossom and only flourish in time until the opening night of Assassin’s Creed in cinemas everywhere.