Assassin's Creed Is Probably Going to Be a Movie Now

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Posted by Alex (2036 posts) -

Earlier this year, Ubisoft announced that it had had enough of the Hollywood system, and would form its own film studio, a sort of DIY bastion of quality that would ensure that any Ubisoft properties brought into the film world would be seen through with the proper level of care and creative effort. Now, news comes forth via Variety that a film based on arguably Ubisoft's biggest property, the Assassin's Creed franchise, is in the works. This news is very much in keeping with the spirit of Ubisoft's original announcement...except for the part where they apparently just want to sell the film rights to Sony Pictures.

Like this, except probably with Jason Statham.

Indeed, Sony has spearheaded the campaign to turn Assassin's Creed into an interactive tale of a time-spanning assassin's guild into a decidedly less-interactive version of that same thing. To be fair, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will be directly involved in this project, and will likely maintain significant creative control over the film. Sony's interest seems to be more as a distributor and marketing machine that will finance and hopefully profit from the project, while UMP does a lot of the creative heavy-lifting.

The deal is not 100% finalized, but all signs seem to be pointed in this becoming very much a thing. With that in mind, I ask of you, the engaged reader, what would you even want from an Assassin's Creed movie? The games themselves are incredibly cinematic, with the added bonus of allowing you, the viewer, to stab people interactively. Are you good with the idea of seeing rugged, handsome actors doing all the neck-stabbing for you? Or do you prefer to be in direct control of your neck-stabbing-based entertainments?

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#1 Posted by Alex (2036 posts) -

Earlier this year, Ubisoft announced that it had had enough of the Hollywood system, and would form its own film studio, a sort of DIY bastion of quality that would ensure that any Ubisoft properties brought into the film world would be seen through with the proper level of care and creative effort. Now, news comes forth via Variety that a film based on arguably Ubisoft's biggest property, the Assassin's Creed franchise, is in the works. This news is very much in keeping with the spirit of Ubisoft's original announcement...except for the part where they apparently just want to sell the film rights to Sony Pictures.

Like this, except probably with Jason Statham.

Indeed, Sony has spearheaded the campaign to turn Assassin's Creed into an interactive tale of a time-spanning assassin's guild into a decidedly less-interactive version of that same thing. To be fair, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will be directly involved in this project, and will likely maintain significant creative control over the film. Sony's interest seems to be more as a distributor and marketing machine that will finance and hopefully profit from the project, while UMP does a lot of the creative heavy-lifting.

The deal is not 100% finalized, but all signs seem to be pointed in this becoming very much a thing. With that in mind, I ask of you, the engaged reader, what would you even want from an Assassin's Creed movie? The games themselves are incredibly cinematic, with the added bonus of allowing you, the viewer, to stab people interactively. Are you good with the idea of seeing rugged, handsome actors doing all the neck-stabbing for you? Or do you prefer to be in direct control of your neck-stabbing-based entertainments?

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#2 Edited by Wraxend (562 posts) -

Hell yeah. To be fair Sony Pictures isn't that bad these days.

#3 Posted by liquidmatt (230 posts) -

I love this idea, if its done right, AC has all the narrative interest for a good film makeover

#4 Posted by Jordash995 (1 posts) -

Sofa

#5 Posted by ABritishNerd (318 posts) -

Hope it's of the same quality as Lineage.

#6 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11622 posts) -

This could actually work as a movie. Of course, the key is to keep our standards low so that when it is bad we can say "We told you so", and if it actually manages to be good we can be pleasantly surprised.

#7 Posted by Contro (2040 posts) -

I could see it working also.

#8 Posted by theodacourt (530 posts) -

@Jordash995 said:

Sofa

Totally.

#9 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

Director: Uwe Boll

#10 Edited by scraz (78 posts) -

What ever ends up on screen would barley resemble the original content ala prince of persia.Still i wouldnt mind some good par core and stabing dudes on the neck UNH UNH UNH.

#11 Posted by hagridore (500 posts) -

It will be PG-13 and not for us.

#12 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

@ahaisthisourchance said:

Director: Uwe Boll

I'd watch it.

#13 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I've been wanting a movie based on Ezio for a long time but I also hoped it would be CGI since the guys creating the trailers for the games are fucking good at it.

#14 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Too cynical, Alex.

#15 Posted by xMP44x (2193 posts) -

Presumably they're going to be using Oliver Bowden's alterations instead of the game world, since I can't see so much free-running appearing often even when it's cut down.

#16 Posted by Brendan (7757 posts) -

@scraz said:

What ever ends up on screen would barley resemble the original content ala prince of persia.Still i wouldnt mind some good par core and stabing dudes on the neck UNH UNH UNH.

:P

I agree that the movie will probably be harmless and predictable. I most likely won't be interested.

#17 Posted by Sparklykiss (1955 posts) -

I will only see this movie if part of your assassin training has a line that teaches you the meaning of "uh uh uh uh uh."

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#18 Posted by Nightriff (4990 posts) -

Let me guess, it will be complete crap, few games should be movies like: Super Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat, and of course Doom

#19 Posted by c_sheridan (12 posts) -

I doubt they leave much of the Eden stuff in, but I think that's the only way it would be interesting. Sort of an Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark thing for the Pieces of Eden.

#20 Posted by sensory (47 posts) -

It's quite a feat when one headline can make you rage quite this much.

#21 Posted by SamSharp505 (210 posts) -

Hey, maybe we should give it a chance :D

Haha, but honestly, I didn't mind those live action things they did a while back that much, I could kinda see it working?

#22 Posted by WJist (313 posts) -

I'm waiting for video game movies to get to the point where comic book movies are now.

And then we'll have games like Assassin's Creed: The Movie The Game and then I'll be sad.

#23 Posted by Vortextk (419 posts) -

Come on now Alex, probably is way too positive. You know this'll be just like bioshock in 5 years with people still trying to get it done. I know it, you know it.
 
As a great movie, I'd love it. However realistically as a movie based off a video game, at best I'll look back at it and go "well I kinda like it", like mortal kombat(first one) or silent hill. I think it's especially terrible to be based off a game with multiple sequels with tons of narrative threads going on over dozens of hours of play because instead of making a good movie length side story they will inevitably cram it full of everything they shouldn't be doing in 100 minutes and just throw action set pieces at us. Oh I guess it'll be PoP then, another ubisoft property.

#24 Posted by mustachioeugene (505 posts) -

Coming soon... Assassin's Creed; The Movie; The Game

Followed by Assasin's Creed; The Movie; The Game; The Ride. An interactive roller coaster experience!

#25 Posted by hermes (1414 posts) -

I don't know how much of the story of AC can be translated to a movie.

Sure, every individual game story is pretty straightforward (I would even call AC2's story a remake of Count of Montecristo), but the overall story is just a bunch of conspiracy theories/Dan Brown stuff meshed together.

#26 Posted by cikame (992 posts) -

Liam Neeson.

#27 Posted by Andheez (580 posts) -

Source material is excellent, will the movie be?

#28 Posted by Cybexx (1165 posts) -

That Assassin's Creed 2 live action prequel short was pretty good. If that production team makes this movie it could be pretty awesome.

#29 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

They could just avoid the future nonsense completely and make it about Ezio.

#30 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

@hagridore said:

It will be PG-13 and not for us.

Who the fuck are you? Plenty of people like games and like okay action movies. I was fine with Prince of Persia. Not everyone has a stick up their ass about movie adaptations not being loyal to some dumbass lore written by game writers.

#31 Posted by Subjugation (4720 posts) -

They're gonna go all Prince of Persia on us and make the lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

#32 Posted by Toxin066 (3279 posts) -

I like how the article shows up on both sites. I think it's a little bit funny in a way. I'm a pretty big fan of the parkour/free running getaway scene in Bario 13, so if this ends up just being 90 minutes of that, I'm cool with it. Don't give me a story. Don't even give me character names. Just call the dude Assassin, have him run around, stab an important guy ("Requiescat in Pace" optional) and then have him run the fuck away from dudes for the rest of the film.

#33 Posted by fontainefellow (171 posts) -

If it's gonna be PG-13, I'm not interested.

#34 Posted by TheMasterDS (2048 posts) -

Will you be able to turn the language to Italian if you want?

#35 Posted by AuthenticM (3715 posts) -

It certainly has potential.

#36 Posted by amoseem (7 posts) -

When Marvel took care of thier film adaptations good things happened. Here's hoping the same can work here!

#37 Posted by TheKramer89 (423 posts) -

"...but all signs seem to be pointed in this becoming very much a thing."

goddamnit alex...

#38 Edited by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

I wonder if they'll bother with the genetic memory angle at all.

All that First Civilization stuff plays in a video game, but I can see it coming off as just silly in a film.

#39 Posted by QKT (250 posts) -

they should make the film animated like their 'embers' thing

#40 Posted by chilibean_3 (1634 posts) -

Assassin's Creed Is Probably Going to Be a Movie Now

You should probably add, "but, you know, probably not" at the end of that headline.

#41 Posted by Renahzor (991 posts) -

Here's hoping we see this on a future episode of TANG. Bonus if Ryan gives it Five "Uh's"

#42 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Jason Statham is Ezio Auditore.

"Awright you Templar cunts, lets fuckin do it"

#43 Edited by Snail (8594 posts) -

If the movie has air assassinations that might be reason enough for me to see it - provided they are well-crafted in the movie.

I would also prefer if this movie focused in either the Altair story or that time-period, because

  • a) It would have none of the DaVinci shenanigans, and would probably be a "stealthier" movie
  • b) I much prefer the Altair character over Ezio

Quite honestly though, I won't be surprised if this sucks. I don't think I even expect it not to. Just - if you're gonna do this - air-assassinate fools at the very least.

#44 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1864 posts) -

Sounds good to me. Assassin's Creed has all of the narrative depth to make for a good movie, if handled properly. I'd rather see them do an original story than rehash the games though

#45 Posted by Greenlight13 (99 posts) -

I'm shocked this wasn't already on the list of movie games announced years ago that are never actually going to come to fruition.

#46 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

Im not going to watch this...

#47 Posted by ChrisTobin (56 posts) -

I'm glad to hear that the people who brought me Mr. Caffeine have given up some control of this project.

#48 Posted by ajamafalous (11959 posts) -

To be honest, AC wouldn't be hard at all to translate to an action movie. 
 
I'm on board.

#49 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5816 posts) -

Sounds dumb.

#50 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1863 posts) -

Could be awesome, count me in!

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