Video game movies have a really bad reputation at this point time. They've all been met with so many lukewarm reviews and mixed fan reactions that some people think there must just be a curse, and there can never be a truly good movie based off of a video game. However, there's one game series that is just ripe for a truly good film adaptation: Assassin's Creed. And now, we have the first trailer to show for it:
The [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) series follows a centuries old fight between two groups: the Assassins and the Templars. They fight because of their differing ideologies about how people should live their lives, and it's essentially never ending. There is a total of nine main entries in the series, with almost a dozen smaller spin-off titles. They're such a well established franchise it was only a matter of time before they caught on to the film craze.
So, with this film still about eight months away, it's nice to know some of the particulars of this project, since there's been a large amount of false information and confusion surrounding the details.
It's An Entirely New Character
One common misconception about this movie is that it's going to be an adaptation of one of the previous games; and that it's going to follow the story of either Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad or Ezio Auditore da Firenze. But this character is a completely different one.
There are, however, some direct crossovers between the movie and games. Check out this article for a closer look at how exactly they tie-in with each other.
The movie will follow the chronicles of the Assassin Aguilar, whose memories are unlocked using a device known as the animus. Even so, the person in the animus will not be the well-known Desmond Miles from the games, but instead a man named Callum Lynch.
It's Set In 15th Century Spain
Along with getting a new set of characters, we're visiting a new location. We've seen the setting be in France, Italy, the UK, and even in what is now the United States, so it'll be interesting to take on a new location during a unique era. Perhaps we'll see them tie the story into the Spanish Wars that were going on at the time, since one awesome thing the franchise has always done is mix in their fake history with real history.
It's Part Of The Main Continuity
The boldest move Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox could make would be to allow the film to connect with all other aspects of the franchise. Head of Content Aymar Azaizia confirmed that they will in fact be doing this by tweeting:
This means they would really have to work to make sure the movie does not compromise the timeline of events passed. However, when asked about the possibility of seeing characters from the games, Aymar had this to say:
So, will we see fan favorite character Ezio, who was still alive at this point in time?Guess we'll have to wait and find out.
The Cast & Crew Of Macbeth Is Taking This On
Macbeth (trailer above), a limited release movie that came out last year, was met with critical acclaim. It was praised for its faithfulness to the source material and its epic scale. It was additionally commended for the strong performances from both of the film's leads, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, both of whom are starring in the Assassin's Creed movie. The director, Justin Kurzel, has consistently raked in great reviews for films featuring him as both a director and writer. Movies he has under his belt are The Snowtown Murders and The Turning, so I believe it's safe to say the film is in good hands.
Assassin's Creed is set to release on December 21st