Another major video game franchise is being reproduced as a feature motion picture. The award-winning and hugely popular Assassin’s Creed series, developed by Ubisoft, is officially set to hit theatres on May 22nd, 2015 with rumors that hollywood star Michael Fassbender will be cast in the leading role of Desmond Miles. There is still no word yet on whether or not Kristin Bell will return in her role as Lucy Stillman. The film is being made by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and co-produced and distributed by New Regency and 20th Century Fox.
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The writers should have plenty of material to work with given the rich narrative and complex lore behind the game. Desmond Miles starts out as a regular citizen working as a bartender when he is kidnapped by a mysterious organization with ties to the templar order. Using state of the art technology, Desmond is thrown into a world of deception and violence as he is forced to relive the memories of his ancestors who were part of a secret brotherhood of master assassins in the high middle ages. One of the questions this production is bound to be faced with is which Assassin’s Creed story to follow. My money is on that of Ezio Auditore; arguably the most iconic Assassin’s creed character of all time and featured in three separate series releases.
Hollywood is certainly no stranger to video game adaptations, most of which unfortunately having poor box-office sales and some even closing before even making back their production budgets. Films like Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Doom, Tekken, and Prince of Persia (another Ubisoft title) which tops the worldwide box office sales charts for video game adaptations at just over $335 million (it also had the biggest budget to date of $200 million). Unless of course you count the entire series of Resident Evil films which have collectively earned Capcom and its partners a total of around $897 million.
It may be safe to say however that there has never been an adaptation of a more popular game so far. The Assassin’s Creed series has a lot of momentum in the present video game market with Black Flag on the way and the most recent Assassin’s Creed III selling over 12 million copies worldwide, making it the 4th best-selling title of 2012 in North America.
Other upcoming video game adaptations:
Need for Speed – February, 2014
Ratchet and Clank – 2015
Warcraft – 2015
Rumored/Announced upcoming titles:
Devil May Cry
God of War