Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
2016 looked like it could be a turning point for video game movies, but so far the results have been severely mixed. The Angry Birds Movie has made good money, but did little to change the minds of people who thought a film based on an iPhone game was a dumb idea. Ratchet & Clank was a flop all around. And Warcraft may have made big money in China, but it opened to poor reviews and dismal box office at home.
Fortunately, the genre will have one more chance to break the curse later this year with Assassin’s Creed. Directed by Justin Kurzel, the fantasy adventure stars Michael Fassbender as a modern-day man who gets roped into an ancient conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. He’s forced to relive the “genetic memories” of his ancestor Aguilar, who lived in 15th century Spain. A new Assassin’s Creed behind-the-scenes trailer shows off some of the cool, crazy stunts in store, along with some talking-head commentary from Fassbender and Kurzel. Watch it below. Read More »
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“We don’t want this to be a superhero film; we want it to be a film that embraces what it is to be human,” director Justin Kurzel said from the set of his adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Now, for most video game adaptations or huge tentpole films in general, such a comment would sound too good to be true–but this is coming from the director Snowtown Murders and last year’s Macbeth. Video game adaptations often don’t attract filmmakers of Kurzel’s caliber (although there’s another rare exception this year). He went from making a visceral and visually intoxicating William Shakespeare adaptation, which also starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, to bringing Ubisoft’s dense world to theaters.
Below, read our Assassin’s Creed set visit.
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The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed arrived late last night, so you know what that means – it’s time for a trailer breakdown, where we go through this whole batch of footage frame-by-frame and talk about what we find. I’m approaching this as a casual fan of the video game franchise. I’ve played a few and I’ve enjoyed them. I’m also approaching this as someone who thinks Michael Fassbender and Justin Kurzel making a video game adaptation is just plain fascinating. These are not the kind of people who half-ass their movies. There is no way this is just another lousy video game movie…right?
Anyway, let’s climb a tall tower and dive into this trailer…
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It’s about time somebody made a genuinely good movie based on a video game, so why not Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel? And if there’s going to be a good movie based on a video game, why not the Assassin’s Creed series, which has had its fair share of fantastic entries? This whole movie feels like a series of why not‘s – it’s about time for somebody to break the video game movie mold.
The first Assassin’s Creed trailer has arrived, so we should probably watch it and carefully examine its mold-breaking capabilities. After all, few video game adaptations have featured a pedigree quite like this.
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Many are hoping Warcraft will break the video game movie curse when it hits theaters in June. However, while Warcraft looks like an epic, fantasy blockbuster, it just might be too niche of a genre film to appeal to a larger general audience who isn’t familiar with the game. That means some gamers and cinephiles are putting their eggs in the Assassin’s Creed basket.
Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is reteaming with star Michael Fassbender for the big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and the caliber of talent involved has many hoping this really will be the video game movie that actually works for gamers and movie lovers. Now some new Assassin’s Creed movie photos have just been unveiled, showing Michael Fassbender both in the past and present. Check them out below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
No movie is really just a movie anymore, at least if it’s a big, expensive studio production based on existing IP. And these days, studios don’t even wait until a movie’s actually out to start thinking about the next one — these projects are developed from the get-go with a potential franchise in mind.
So it should come as no surprise whatsoever to hear that New Regency is already eyeing sequels for video game adaptations Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, despite the fact that one won’t open for another nine months and the other hasn’t even set a production start date. So if they actually do manage to break the “video game curse,” you can rest assured there’ll be much more where they came from. Read More »
The Assassin’s Creed video game franchise may have suffered over the past few entries thanks to oppressive annualizing that forced developers to prioritize speed over quality, but the core of the series remains the perfect shade of silly. Each game puts you in control of a modern character who, through wacky science fiction nonsense that is never really explained, is able to tap into his “genetic memories” and relive the lives of his ancestors. Who were assassins. Who were fighting a war against an evil organization called the Templars. Which is a war that is still ongoing in the present.
The video games always prided themselves on their historical accuracy and the marketing for Justin Kurzel‘s film adaptation have followed suit, emphasizing star Michael Fassbender in 15th century Spanish garb. However, the latest still from the recently wrapped film is a reminder that this isn’t just a historical thriller, but a sci-fi movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Two new Captain America: Civil War teasers arrive before tomorrow’s trailer.
- Finding Dory unveils a very cute new poster.
- A motion poster and a regular ‘ol poster for Independence Day: Resurgence arrive.
- Yep, they’re already planning an Assassin’s Creed 2.
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Will Assassin’s Creed break the video game movie curse? World of Warcraft might accomplish that task first, based on director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) involvement, but later this year, if Jones’ adaptation does disappoint, then director Justin Kurzel has a real shot at shattering the curse. Kurzel reunites with Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, for this Ubisoft adaptation, which Fassbender says is “old school” and inspired by The Matrix.
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