When the name of Michael Fassbender had been linked with a movie adaptation of the popular video game Assassin’s Creed, there had been justified excitement among not only the fans of the video game but the movie lovers too. Michael Fassbender is after all a name worthy of keeping track of. Video game to movie adaptations have had mixed results in the past, and have generally been devoid of big movie stars with the only successful exception coming to my mind is that of Angelina Jolie as the gun yielding Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series. So when Fassbender came aboard this project, it did feel that it could possibly elevate this particular genre. But it’s been quite a few years now, and the Assassin’s Creed movie seemed to be stuck with the “in development” tag forever. There were rumours recently that Fassbender had walked away from the movie production, as the studio’s proposed movie plot was not staying true to the source material. These circulating stories have been put to rest now, by none other than the man himself, Michael Fassbender.
Fassbender recently had a chat with the people at IGN, while promoting his new movie Frank, where he touched upon the movie adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. As it turns out, Fassbender is going nowhere and is still very much involved with the script. Praise be the Lord!
I love these rumors! It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak.
Now a big part of such movies, be it something adapted from video games or novels, is the extent to which it remains faithful to the original story. True, it cannot be simply a direct rendition, for that would be totally non-creative. And yet, if it strays too much away from the original story, it is likely to get a lot of stick. The script writer and director do have the license to add their own elements to the film, but it needs to pay respect to the source. After all, the brand name of the source which is being leveraged to get the audience to the theatres in the initial place. On this topic, Fassbender seems to more or less agree, though his replies might seem a bit diplomatic for the moment.
You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world.
Michael Fassbender is also producing the movie, while the directing duties have been handed over to Justin Kurzel; that’s the latest name we have, after a few directors walked in and out of the project in the past few years. Kurzel has directed the little known The Snowtown Murders in 2011, but his upcoming movie Macbeth is likely to get him more publicity. This too is in collaboration with Fassbender who is playing the leading role of General Macbeth, and is based on the Shakespearean tale.
The Assassin’s Creed movie has also had a number of writers associated with it, including Michael Leslie, Scott Frank, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Now all we can hope is that we are closer to a script being in place so that production work can start soon. Fassbender is currently involved in a number of projects which are in the pre-production stage including the highly anticipated 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. However, the Assassin’s Creed movie has a August 7, 2015 release date chosen as of now, which seems ambitious considering the amount of delays the movie has seen, but still manageable if we will seriously get into production soon. Well, even if that date is missed, Fassbender’s clarifications do tell us that a movie of this famous video game is very much on the cards, and he is heavily involved with it. A few of us can sleep a bit easy tonight!