Last year, gamers who were hoping for a video game film adaptation that would appease both critics and fans were disappointed by the 2016 line-up. One of the bigger let-downs was the #AssassinsCreed movie, which ended up getting shredded by critics and fans alike.
After the movie's critical failure and mediocre box office return, it seemed like any hope for a good live-action Assassin's Creed was as good as dead. But #Ubisoft refuses to give up, and the gaming company now plans to bring the eternal fight of the Assassins and the Templars to #TV.
Big Hopes For The Small Screen
In a #Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, Assassin's Creed head of content Ymar Azaizia confirmed that a live-action take on the popular games was still on the table.
When asked if he could give an update on the possible Assassin's Creed TV show, Azaizia said that he couldn't give all the details, but he could at least acknowledge the series' existence:
"It's like the movie guys, we will take our time, to get sure we deliver something we can be proud of, but if you wander if it's on our plan... YES."
For those who liked the Assassin's Creed movie, this confirmation is good news because Ubisoft seems intent on keeping what worked well in their latest film effort intact for future live-action ventures.
Watch the trailer for Assassin's Creed below.
The Assassin's Creed movie may not have been able to redeem the troubled video game movie subgenre, but it was able to capture the visuals of its source material perfectly while having some entertaining action sequences that captured the spirit of the video games.
Fans of the games appreciated the amount of effort put into these aspects of the film, even if it (and Fassbender's enthusiasm for the project) was not able to deliver the perfect Assassin's Creed movie some were hoping for.
It's currently unknown whether or not any of the cast or crew from the film will be making the leap of faith to the TV series if and when it happens.
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The Next Game Shows
Video game movies seem to suffer from the same problems: too much exposition and a crippling lack of time.
Critics agree that video game movies lack the necessary amount of time to fully develop every single subplot incorporated into the story while at the same time introducing moviegoers to a world they may not yet be familiar with. Video game companies looking to make their mark in film seem to have noticed this, hence their sudden interest in making TV series instead.
Assassin's Creed joins the growing number of video game titles that are being developed for a live-action series debut. The list already includes popular titles such as: an animated take on Castlevania from Netflix, Life Is Strange from DJ2 Entertainment and Legendary Digital, and even Resident Evil from Constain Film.
One of the more recent game franchises to make such a migration was Dead Rising. The TV-movies from #Crackle (Dead Rising: Watchtower and Dead Rising: Endgame) served as the bridge between the games Dead Rising 2 and 3, and it seems other companies are looking to replicate this success.
Watch the trailer for the second Dead Rising movie, Dead Rising: Endgame, below.
By following an episodic format instead of a cinematic one, Assassin's Creed and many other titles may finally get the chance to tell the longest possible stories that are befitting of their respective source materials.
Video games have been suffering on the cinematic front, and maybe a change of pace could turn things around and usher in a new era of faithful and fun video game adaptations fans have been asking for.
Will you watch a TV series based on 'Assassin's Creed?'