Assassin’s Creed: Just Another Video Game Movie?
September 13th, 2016 | by Elodie Cure
Assassin’s Creed is edging closer to its release date in theatres, a day that fans of the Assassin’s Creed games are looking forward to with both excitement and anxiety. Will it be just another poor video game movie? Here, our own Elodie Cure charts the path of the franchise and looks forward to its arrival on the big screen.
Assassin’s Creed: From The Games To The Film
At a time when the thought of seeing a good video game adaptation seems a lost case, Ubisoft Motion Pictures jumped in at the deep end and announced a release date for its famed Assassin’s Creed franchise. Trusted with the task are 20th Century Fox studios and the Director Justin Kurzel; a choice that, we hope, will convince the fans and gamers that are anxiously waiting for the reviews to come in.
The main story of the Assassin’s Creed games drew their inspiration from the Alamut novel, written by Vladimir Bartol which was published in 1938. They follow the century old-struggle between the Assassins (Hashashins), an islamic sect who fought for peace with free will, and their controlling adversaries the Templars, who were endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church.
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The film will introduce a new character, Callum Lynch, who will be highly modelled on the hero of the games, Desmond Miles. Like Desmond, Callum Lynch is a modern day descendant of the 15th century Spanish Assassin Aguilar de Nerha.
Supposedly executed in the present, Lynch is instead spirited away to the Animus, a device created by the suspicious Abstergo Industries, which enables the user to experience the lives of their ancestors and acquire the necessary skills to confront the Knights Templar.
Some weeks ago, the shooting of the movie took hold of the cobbled and cramped alleys of Malta. Among a large number of extras, a familiar face could be spotted – Michael Fassbender’s (X-Men, Steve Jobs). The German-Irish actor has been chosen to embody the hero of this new saga. Swathed in rags from head to toes, Michael threw himself into his own stunts in with a passion. Fassbender is deeply involved on this project, as he not only has the leading role but is also Co-Producer.
The French actress Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight) will also play a part in it as Doctor Sophia Rikkin. The duo has already been directed by Justin Kurzel during their picturesque interpretation of the Shakespearian masterpiece Macbeth.
With a total nine video games and a books collection to its name, the franchise has reaped a staggering amount of revenue and has greatly evolved since its early days in 2007. In view of this success, Ubisoft has chosen to give its characters an opportunity on the big scree, despite the mixed record of past video game movies . Its a challenge that doesn’t scare the producer Frank Marshall, who affirms that Assassin’s Creed will be the “first successful video game adaptation”.
After the major failures and disasters linked to game adaptations lately, the film is eagerly awaited by both the film and gaming communities. Yet, instead of foolishly throwing its franchise to a studio without caring for the rendition, as many game producers have done sa far, Ubisoft made sure it was involved in every step of the shooting. This way, Jean-Julien Baronnet could supervise the film during its production. This is new way of proceeding that could turn out to be a secret of success and, above all, the key to a faithful adaptation that will manage to bring the themes of the original to theatre audiences.
Will we finally ring the victory bells for video game movies?
We all want to believe.
Assassin’s Creed will also be the precursor of Splinter Cell and The Division, two more Ubisoft works that will involve Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code, Zodiac).
Assassin’s Creed will hit theatres on the 21st of December.
What do you think of the hype revolving around Assassin’s Creed?
Will the film live up to expectations or will it follow same path as other video game movies?
Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure