Ubisoft "Fast-Tracks" Assassin's Creed Film

Ubisoft "Fast-Tracks" Assassin's Creed Film

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Ubisoft and New Regency are hard at work to get the film released ASAP.

Considering how many videogame movie adaptations get stuck in development hell (Halo, anyone? BioShock? Uncharted?), it's probably a good thing that Ubisoft recently took action to make sure the Assassin's Creed film is still on schedule. The French developer has teamed up with New Regency, a film production company with quite a few major titles under its belt, to ensure that its Michael Fassbender flick releases in a timely manner.

Working together, Ubisoft and New Regency hope to "fast-track" the film. True to their word, the two companies have indicated that a screenplay is already in the works. "Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures," says Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. The companies have not yet announced a solid release date for the movie, but given New Regency's deserved reputation as a prolific and experienced production company, the project should start moving along at a brisk pace.

Baronnet's assertion is correct: New Regency has some impressive titles under its belt, including Man on Fire, Fight Club, and, oddly, Terry Gillam's Brazil. However, most of its titles have been mid-budget pieces like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Marley & Me. Naturally, it's also produced its share of questionable titles, including Meet the Spartans and the Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy, so the quality of the Assassin's Creed film will largely depend on the talent New Regency acquires for screenwriting, directing, and acting.

There's no guarantee that the Assassin's Creed film will be good, but with New Regency taking part in its development, there's at least a good indication that it will come out sooner rather than later. Prince of Persia, another Ubisoft series, had one of the best videogame movie adaptations ever, clocking in at "fairly inoffensive." Perhaps it's time to raise the stakes and bring Assassin's Creed firmly into "mostly watchable" territory.

Source: GameSpot

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Marshall Honorof:
Prince of Persia, another Ubisoft series, had one of the best videogame movie adaptations ever, clocking in at "fairly inoffensive." Perhaps it's time to raise the stakes and bring Assassin's Creed firmly into "mostly watchable" territory.

Heh. Heh heh.

It's funny because it's true.

And tragic as well. ;__;

Nobody has high hopes for this thing, but it's failure would still leave a lot of Assassin's Creed fans Desmondent.

Video game movies.... well I won't say if this thing is ever made that I wouldn't go see it. I'd have to read reviews and get opinions.
I'll just await Wreck It Ralph next month in the meantime.

Don't think anyone's dumb enough to get their hopes up about this one, *but* that leaves plenty of room for us to be pleasantly surprised?

Hmm. I can't help but think that it'll be just as easy to fuck this up by rushing ahead with it as it would be forgetting about it. Why are these things never easy? In the mean time, I'll sit here in my optimistic pessimism. It's going to be awful... But it -could- be good. It might surprise me. You never know. But it'll be shit.

with talent like Fassbender and Ubisoft trying really hard to do things true to AC form without outside studio interference or whatever...yeah definitely not a project you wanna RUSH, but also something you'd best start making to avoid development hell lol :P

DVS BSTrD:
Nobody has high hopes for this thing, but it's failure would still leave a lot of Assassin's Creed fans Desmondent.

I for one have high hopes. There's a few reasons why this movies production differs from past failures. Most importantly, the fact that Ubisoft is maintaining creative control, they choose the actors, the direction, screenwriter etc. Secondly, Michael Fassbender as both lead and producer is an excellent thing for this movie. He understands and embodies every character i've seen him play, given the general blank slate that is Desmond, he will bring his own qualities to the character that will no doubt make the movie version of Desmond far more interesting than the video game version.

As for rushing anything...there's not even a completed screenplay yet, they've only partnered up with a production company and indicated that a screenplay is "in the works", that is nothing but good, especially if they wish to retain Fassbender as their lead. This is far better than the development hell that so many video game adaptions are sitting in.

Yep.. rush job it.. that'll turn out well. I guess we should be happy they didn't bring on Uwe Boll?

Looking forward to Desmond and Co. I hope that the film is going to be mediocre at least. A couple beautiful scenery shots and some sweet parcour moves are all I need, the plot is going to suck anyway.

Well, I really liked Prince of Persia. And obviously, that movie and this upcoming AC movie have a lot in common. And yeah, rushing almost works out well in these cases. But hey, it could be for the best. Like they said, some movies take so long that they don't even maks it to the finish line at all. So...here's hoping the AC movie becomes a good videogame based movie.

I really hope and I mean REALLY hope that they don't screw this up by moving too fast. I wonder how the hell they're gonna be able to do this at all.

Hire CorridorDigital I say!

Let us see how well this goes... Bioshock was there before, now we have lost it to the endless void of development hell.

Then again, Assassins Creed has more to butcher, if they do this right, they have a lot to work with. If they do this wrong, they have a lot to set on fire.

So long as they dont try to shoehorn the whole animus concept into the first film and make a good job at idotproofing the way it works so moronic reviewers cant use it to imply the films crap(some reviewers are far to up there own arses to give decent reviews to anything that doesnt fit there none fantasy/scifi bias) it should work.

SirDeadly:
Hire CorridorDigital I say!

I hadn't seen this before - It's amazing! Really made me smile, so thanks for posting it!

mooncalf:
Don't think anyone's dumb enough to get their hopes up about this one, *but* that leaves plenty of room for us to be pleasantly surprised?

I'm trying not to with every fibre of my being, but it's just no use. A little bit of me will always be hoping that this is going to be good, and it's going to be very sadly disappointed :(

Michael Fassbender is in it? I might watch it for that reason alone.

Yeah, because rushing a project always creates good results. Ugh...

Also, while I really like Michael Fassbender, it seems to me like he's too old for the role of Desmond (If that is his role). Desmond seemed to be in his early-to-mid twenties, whereas Fassbender is 35 and looks it. It'll be hard for me to see him as Desmond, but I could easily see him portraying a more suave/subtle Warren Vidic.

If they wanna do this I think they shouldn't make it about Desmond and Co. make it about a different animus person, expand the universe and what not.

Oh well. Fassbender's had a good run, it had to end somewhere.

Funny how almost everyone immediately assumes a video game adaptation will be a bad movie. Of course, there's reason for it, but this was exactly what people thought about comic book adaptations in the 90s, and look where we are now. Many of the most watched movies of recent years have been comic book adaptations.

I don't know if this is the movie that will change the trend, but someday it'll happen.

And Prince of Persia is pretty watchable. Nothing great, but not as bad as Tank Girl was in the 90's either.

Um why doesn't the news say that the movie will be distributed by Fox?

tautologico:
Funny how almost everyone immediately assumes a video game adaptation will be a bad movie. Of course, there's reason for it, but this was exactly what people thought about comic book adaptations in the 90s, and look where we are now. Many of the most watched movies of recent years have been comic book adaptations.

Uh...that's a strawman argument. Just because comic book movies have come a long way, doesn't automatically make video game adaptations better by association. Comic books have a much greater breadth of source material, compared to gaming franchises that are limited (in most cases) to two or three installments.

For every Tomb Raider that comes out, there are 10 terrible adaptations. PoP was nothing to write home about. Hitman was butchered, and they cast the wrong actor in the title role. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li was complete garbage. Tekken/King Of Fighters. Max Payne. I could go on all day. []TVTropes'[] "Video Game Movies Suck" page had so many examples that the moderators just decided to delete everything wholesale because it was the general rule rather than the exception. Add to that the number of planned game adaptations that get scrapped in pre-planning due to conflicts between the companies and filmmakers, and you see why they're mostly terrible ideas.

OT, I still don't see this project going anywhere. After Prometheus and Shame, I sincerely hope Fassbender's not considering the project. If he's playing Desmond, he's not going to have anything to do until the third or fourth installment (barring serious liberties with the source material). Altair had barely any story to speak of. Ezio had a lot of characterization, but he looks totally different, and his story stretched three games. I don't see Fassbender doing this, and I don't see this project moving forward any time soon.

I'm sorry,but AssCreed lost its charm after the first one,after that it just went downhill with the story and to some extent-dynamic.That's just my opinion.
All I remember are the assassinations from the first one(yes,even the optional ones),the rest is a foggy blur to me.

crazyrabbits:

tautologico:
Funny how almost everyone immediately assumes a video game adaptation will be a bad movie. Of course, there's reason for it, but this was exactly what people thought about comic book adaptations in the 90s, and look where we are now. Many of the most watched movies of recent years have been comic book adaptations.

Uh...that's a strawman argument. Just because comic book movies have come a long way, doesn't automatically make video game adaptations better by association. Comic books have a much greater breadth of source material, compared to gaming franchises that are limited (in most cases) to two or three installments.

Although I did say that "someday that'll happen", referring to game movies turning good, it's still something I think will happen and not something I'm saying with all certainty that will happen. I just offered comic books as an example of adaptation source that was widely regarded as producing bad adapted movies in the past, just like games are regarded now. No strawmen were harmed in the making of my original post.

Oh Ubisoft. You don't have to make sure this film happens just for me;D
...Seriously, please don't. Okay? Just s- stop. Hey! Stop! Stop it!

itchcrotch:
Oh Ubisoft. You don't have to make sure this film happens just for me;D
...Seriously, please don't. Okay? Just s- stop. Hey! Stop! Stop it!

I have no idea who you are, but I feel like we are fated to kung fu fight on a catwalk over a giant thing of molten lead or something.

Hollyday:

SirDeadly:
Hire CorridorDigital I say!

I hadn't seen this before - It's amazing! Really made me smile, so thanks for posting it!

You are very welcome. I could not let the opportunity to share this pass by.

The Crotch:

itchcrotch:
Oh Ubisoft. You don't have to make sure this film happens just for me;D
...Seriously, please don't. Okay? Just s- stop. Hey! Stop! Stop it!

I have no idea who you are, but I feel like we are fated to kung fu fight on a catwalk over a giant thing of molten lead or something.

So be it! *assumes entirely fictitious fighting stance*

Michael Fassbender alone will make me interested in this movie, especially after Revelations killed almost all interest in the franchise for me. He may be the only good thing about the movie, but at least we know there will be one good thing in it.

That's cute. It's almost like they expect people to go see it.

 

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