Michael Fassbender Decides He Would Like to be In an Assassin's Creed Movie

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Posted by Alex (1828 posts) -
I'm sorry, what was I talking about? I got lost in your Fassbender death stare.

It's been a while since we heard about Ubisoft's little film studio project, which the video game publisher planned to use to independently fund films based on the company's various franchises. We also hadn't heard much about that Assassin's Creed movie idea in a while, at least not since it was first kicked around. Now we have updates on both of those things, and they come along with a massive, turgid Fassboner.

Yes, Michael Fassbender, the actor best known for his roles in films like Prometheus, X-Men: First Class, Inglourious Basterds, and Shame, has signed on with his own production company to co-produce and star in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed adaptation, according to Variety. His DMC Films company will be working in direct tandem with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to raise capital. Sony had once been talked about as a potential distributor for the film, and may still be involved.

We roll our eyes when we talk about video game movies, and often with good reason. However, Fassbender's involvement in this particular adaptation does give one some reason to be excited. On top of being a top-flight actor, Fassbender's pretty choosy about his projects. Similarly, one gets the impression Ubisoft's being pretty protective about how this franchise is brought to the big screen, so who knows? We might even get a decent movie out of this. It'll depend heavily on who is hired to write and direct, of course, but this is as solid a starting point for a video game movie as I've ever read about.

Of course, we have absolutely no idea what portions of the AC mythology will be plundered for the screenplay, nor do we know which character Fassbender will be playing. Altair? Ezio? Probably not this new Connor guy, but hey, who knows? As long as Michael Fassbender is all, "Uh uh uh" with a hidden blade at some point, that's all that really matters, right?

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#1 Posted by Alex (1828 posts) -
I'm sorry, what was I talking about? I got lost in your Fassbender death stare.

It's been a while since we heard about Ubisoft's little film studio project, which the video game publisher planned to use to independently fund films based on the company's various franchises. We also hadn't heard much about that Assassin's Creed movie idea in a while, at least not since it was first kicked around. Now we have updates on both of those things, and they come along with a massive, turgid Fassboner.

Yes, Michael Fassbender, the actor best known for his roles in films like Prometheus, X-Men: First Class, Inglourious Basterds, and Shame, has signed on with his own production company to co-produce and star in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed adaptation, according to Variety. His DMC Films company will be working in direct tandem with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to raise capital. Sony had once been talked about as a potential distributor for the film, and may still be involved.

We roll our eyes when we talk about video game movies, and often with good reason. However, Fassbender's involvement in this particular adaptation does give one some reason to be excited. On top of being a top-flight actor, Fassbender's pretty choosy about his projects. Similarly, one gets the impression Ubisoft's being pretty protective about how this franchise is brought to the big screen, so who knows? We might even get a decent movie out of this. It'll depend heavily on who is hired to write and direct, of course, but this is as solid a starting point for a video game movie as I've ever read about.

Of course, we have absolutely no idea what portions of the AC mythology will be plundered for the screenplay, nor do we know which character Fassbender will be playing. Altair? Ezio? Probably not this new Connor guy, but hey, who knows? As long as Michael Fassbender is all, "Uh uh uh" with a hidden blade at some point, that's all that really matters, right?

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#2 Posted by DEFE (197 posts) -

An Assassin's Creed movie sounds like a weird idea...

#3 Posted by mrpandaman (836 posts) -

I;.m okay with that

#4 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

Michael Fassbender is amazing. I think this is the first video game-movie news I've been happy to hear about.

#5 Posted by Liquidus (939 posts) -

Okay, Michael Fassbender's a pretty great actor.

#6 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9761 posts) -

If Fassbender is in it, then it'll at least have one good actor attached.

#7 Posted by thebatmobile (978 posts) -

This could actually be good. I'm staying optimistic for the time being.

#8 Posted by august (3811 posts) -

I would force myself to go to an AC movie for this guy.

#9 Edited by mbr2 (548 posts) -

Oh so it will be like the Warcraft, Gears of War, Bioshock and Halo movies? Those were great.

#10 Posted by forkboy (970 posts) -

Fassbender = I'll be more interested in this than I should be.

#11 Posted by Gabriel (4050 posts) -

Oh that Shame tag.

#12 Posted by Meteor_VII (125 posts) -

Could this be the first good videogame movie?  
 
Not holding my breath but interested.

#13 Posted by SarjuTheRapper (279 posts) -

cool

#14 Posted by sixpin (1277 posts) -

I think Ubi has a chance at making a good action flick here. Ubisoft seems to have learned a few things after making, the well made yet poorly received, Prince of Persia movie. Regardless, I'm a big fan of the franchise, so I'm really hoping they don't screw this up.

#15 Edited by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -

@Alex said:

I'm sorry, what was I talking about? I got lost in your Fassbender death stare.

"It's been a whole since"

While*

#16 Posted by mattysen (821 posts) -

Why not Nolan North? He's not just a voice actor, at least that would create more consistancy between the video game and the full feature movie

#17 Posted by MrMazz (850 posts) -

fassboner

#18 Posted by Gaff (1493 posts) -

@mattysen said:

Why not Nolan North? He's not just a voice actor, at least that would create more consistancy between the video game and the full feature movie

Well, he's also a fair bit older than Desmond. Also, it's Fassbender. He can do no wrong. (Sort of).

#19 Posted by Toug (286 posts) -

So, in the context of a film, would they have the same guy play Desmond AND whoever he jumps into, just like, with a beard? That would make the most sense in that context, right? Like, he's still seeing himself looking like himself even while in the animus?

#20 Posted by RedCricketChase (439 posts) -

Drool.

#21 Posted by Phatmac (5686 posts) -

FASSBONER.

#22 Posted by Grimmy616 (392 posts) -

This movie is never going to happen.

#23 Posted by KatyGaGa (265 posts) -

I see big things in Fassbender's future. Big...things.

#24 Posted by Fearbeard (801 posts) -

Interesting.

The more I think about it, the more an Assassin's Creed movie seems like an interesting idea. It's heavily story focused unlike a lot of games that have been turned into movies (Doom, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, etc) and the action in the game is very cinematic and could lend itself well to the big screen.

#25 Posted by Brendan (7519 posts) -

I'm betting that the Assassin's Creed movie will not include the main characters from the games, but tell another story in that universe.

#26 Posted by andrew2696 (271 posts) -

@mattysen: Yeah he is an actor but he is also pretty old now. Still awesome just too old to be playing Desmond.

#27 Posted by mustachioeugene (483 posts) -

As long as we see his dong hidden blade.

UH-UH-UH-UH-UH knowhatimean?

#28 Posted by CornBREDX (4457 posts) -

The Prince of Persia Movie was alright, if all-be-it a bit bland of a story. 
 
I don't know. I don't hope for adaptations anymore, what with them seeming to constantly get people who don't care about the source material so not coming up with good ways to use it and create a decent movie. 
 
Fassbender is great, but I'll still wait and see. I can't get excited for something like this anymore.

#29 Posted by Adaurin (186 posts) -

I think they should do a movie set in the same universe, but not be about Desmond, Altair, Ezio, or Connor. Have it set in another time period or maybe muliple time periods. Have it be a companion piece for the games, not a retelling.

#30 Posted by Aaron_G (1603 posts) -

Interesting choie in casting.

#31 Posted by RecSpec (3681 posts) -
Justin McElroy posted this on twitter and I'm still laughing at it.
#32 Posted by eddiephlash (11 posts) -

Nolan North needs to play Desmond. And get Kristen Bell to play Lucy, and Fassbender as a new Assassin ancestor of Desmond's. It'd be cool to be more recent, like in WWI.

#33 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

Dunno what you guys like so much about Michael Fassbender. He was ok in Eden Lake and Inglourious Basterds, I liked him in Centurion and have yet to watch my A Dangerous Method DVD. He's ok, but he doesn't really stand out in my opinion. Maybe my female eyes are missing something.

#34 Posted by Milkman (16228 posts) -
@mattysen said:

Why not Nolan North? He's not just a voice actor, at least that would create more consistancy between the video game and the full feature movie

Because no one knows who Nolan North is.
#35 Edited by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -
@Brendan said:

I'm betting that the Assassin's Creed movie will not include the main characters from the games, but tell another story in that universe.

Yes. You are absolutely right. Didn't realise how big a role Fassbender had in this, colour me surprised. Hope it turns out well.  
 
@Morrow said:

Dunno what you guys like so much about Michael Fassbender. He was ok in Eden Lake and Inglourious Basterds, I liked him in Centurion and have yet to watch my A Dangerous Method DVD. He's ok, but he doesn't really stand out in my opinion. Maybe my female eyes are missing something.

You haven't watched his best performances! Watch Hunger, it's absolutely mesmerising and Shame, although the film is quite as good Fassbender carries it.
#36 Posted by Excast (691 posts) -

Unlike a lot of games, Assassin's Creed actually has a story that might translate well to the movie screen.  It could end up being like another Matrix trilogy, but hopefully better.

#37 Posted by Draugen (574 posts) -

Fassbender in an Assassin's Creed movie? I'm not a really religious man, but this has to prove something!

#38 Posted by Parsnip (1068 posts) -

FASSBENDER!

#39 Posted by Sevenout (70 posts) -

@Adaurin said:

I think they should do a movie set in the same universe, but not be about Desmond, Altair, Ezio, or Connor. Have it set in another time period or maybe muliple time periods. Have it be a companion piece for the games, not a retelling.

This. I imagine this would be easier to write as well.

#40 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -

@mattysen said:

Why not Nolan North? He's not just a voice actor, at least that would create more consistancy between the video game and the full feature movie

Because Michael Fassbender is better than Nolan North and provides an actual star to a genre of movie that suffers from a lack of such a thing.

#41 Posted by TheMasterDS (1867 posts) -

Fassbender had some good stabbing in X-men First Class so I'm confident he'll be able to stab dudes in the face and neck in a movie pretty well.

#42 Posted by Undeadpool (4868 posts) -

I'm losing track of all the Shame references in this article.

#43 Posted by Marnox (325 posts) -

@Grimmy616: Sure it will. They have made movie version of lesser games.

#44 Posted by Owlright (117 posts) -

@Morrow said:

Dunno what you guys like so much about Michael Fassbender. He was ok in Eden Lake and Inglourious Basterds, I liked him in Centurion and have yet to watch my A Dangerous Method DVD. He's ok, but he doesn't really stand out in my opinion. Maybe my female eyes are missing something.

Although I agree that he's not the everything and a side of fries that people make him out to be, he was easily the best thing about Prometheus, and he's also excellent in Hunger. He's a pretty top notch actor, so I'm mildly more optimistic about this movie than I was before.

(also to everyone saying the Prince of Persia movie was pretty alright; were we even watching the same movie? i hated it)

#45 Posted by Redsox44 (480 posts) -

I love Fassbender, especially in Xmen First Class.

#46 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6077 posts) -

@DEFE said:

An Assassin's Creed movie sounds like a weird bad idea...

#47 Posted by 49th (2546 posts) -

He is in everything now.

#48 Posted by CaptainCody (1504 posts) -

@CharlesAlanRatliff said:

Michael Fassbender is amazing. I think this is the first video game-movie news I've been happy to hear about.
#49 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1751 posts) -

I could see him as an assassin. This is actually starting to sound kind of good

#50 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (124 posts) -

He's a great actor. But he also made me feel completely inadequate while watching Shame with my girlfriend.

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