It was announced last year that video game developer Ubisoft was setting off on a new multimedia strategy that would attempt to bring its video games to the screen in film adaptations. The first of these films that was announced was “Assassin’s Creed.” The video game follows Desmond Miles as he journeys into his past through a machine called “The Animus,” allowing him to enter the lives of his ancestors in an attempt to find out a great secret. It is later revealed that the people who want Desmond to find this secret were the modern day sect of the Knight’s Templar, the sworn enemy of the Assassins, which Desmond’s entire family has been a part. From that point on, Desmond, with help from other modern day Assassins, begins to wage a war with the Templars through time and space.
After the announcement of the film, it was also released that Michael Fassbender will both co-produce and star in the adaptation. Following that, news from the production was sparse, but recently several huge pieces about the movie have been announced. The film will take place during the 1400s in Spain during the height of the Spanish Inquisition. Fassbender will be taking on dual roles in the film, that of a Spanish assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo, as well as a modern day descendant of his, death row prisoner, Michael Lynch.
With this news, it appears that the film will delve very far from the video game, as neither of those characters, or even the setting, has been used in any of the “Assassin’s Creed” games as of yet.
One aspect of the game that will be followed is that the villains will be based on actual historical figures. The villain of this film has been reported to be Tomas de Torquemada, who was the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.
During an interview with Fassbender for his new film “Frank,” the question was raised about remaining true to the game, as the recent reports paint a very different picture than what the game does. Fassbender said, “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.”
No other news has been announced as of late, but rumor has it that Justin Kurzel, who recently wrapped shooting on “Macbeth,” which also starred Fassbender, may be in the running for the job of helming this long awaited adaptation.
“Assassin’s Creed” is set to be released on August 7, 2015.