Thanks to Shadan Syed, I learned yesterday morning that Assassin's Creed is finally being made into a movie. And what makes it better is that we've got Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Justin Kurzel attached to it. Here's his article so you can read more about it. And if that's not enough for you, Gamespot and Deadline also released two articles early yesterday morning about the upcoming movie.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Video game movies don't always work out the way we want them to. In fact, they hardly ever do. But it's not impossible. We've got Hitman (2007), Final Fantasy (2001), Mortal Kombat (1995), Tomb Raider (2001), and Resident Evil (2002). So, we might just get a decent movie from this.
Assassin's Creed is set to release December 21st 2016 according to IMDb. It's going to be produced by New Regency and 20th Century Fox.
Fassbender has said that the movie will be respectful to the games while they also add their own ideas and takes on aspects of the games.
Before you get all ranty and complain to me about how awful that is. That they can't just change the games. You should know that, as of right now, they're not following any single game in anyway. Here's IMDb's synopsis of the movie right now:
A convicted felon is recruited by a company called "Abstergo" to explore the mind of his ancestor in order to recover a sacred artifact.
Sure, that doesn't tell us much. But from the little tidbits of information we have about the movie right now, it's enough to get excited.
How is this going to work?
I think the fact that the makers of this movie are going to stray, to an extent, away from the video games. If they were to try and recreate any of the games, someone will get angry. They will complain that it wasn't done the way they wanted it to.
It goes the same for books. More often than not, when a book is made into a movie, the fans riot because it was not faithful enough to the books.
Comic books movie adaptations are not doing that. They have enough source material and creative license to do just about whatever they want with any hero or villain. We won't always love it, but they're not so confined to one idea as with books.
For Assassin's Creed, all of the games are connected through Abstergo, the evil company that allows our travels to the past possible. Outside of that the stories - Not of Desmond Miles' that is - are entirely secular. Fox and New Regency will have to make their own secular story to have a success. Otherwise, fans will be angry will how they ruined or changed the story of their favorite assassin.
I really just want this to happen. Especially with Michael Fassbender as our main character and our assassin. If Fox makes the daring decision to follow one of the games, I'll still watch it. I'll probably still be happy. I still think it'd be safer for them to make their own plot to follow, but that's not my choice.