assassin's creed set photo

Assassin’s Creed is filming right now and we have our fingers crossed that it’ll be the movie that finally breaks the dreaded video game adaptation curse. Seriously. We’re due for a decent movie based on a video game. If a science-fiction historical epic starring Michael Fassbender and directed by Justin Kurzel isn’t something worth watching, then everyone had better just give up trying to adapt games into films in the first place.

The first photo from the set has arrived and it’s not going to sway anyone’s opinions in any way. However, it may be of interest to already initiated fans, as there are just enough interesting elements present here to get a discussion rolling.

Check out the Assassin’s Creed set photo below.

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assassin's creed movie details

The Assassin’s Creed movie has only just started filming and it’s already in the running for the best video game movie of all time. Mainly because there hasn’t been a single genuinely good video game movie adaptation yet. When the high point of your genre is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat, you have a problem. So by hiring an actor as interesting as Michael Fassbender and a director as promising as Justin Kurzel, Ubisoft has already given itself a huge leg up in this race. Even if the movie’s a stinker, it will undoubtedly be one of the best video game movies ever by default.

Now, Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is comparing the film adaptation of their long-running franchise to Batman Begins and Blade Runner. Those are some big words right there.

Read the new Assassin’s Creed movie details after the jump.

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Brendan Gleeson in Calvary

Assassin’s Creed is assembling a murderer’s row of big-name talents. The latest stars to board Justin Kurzel‘s video game adaptation are Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson, joining Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Ariane Labed. Get details on the Assassins Creed Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson casting after the jump.  Read More »

Assassins Creed

For the past several years, we’ve been following the ups and downs of Assassin’s Creed, based on the popular Ubisoft video game franchise of the same title. We waited patiently as it picked up a star, went through rewrites, got delayed, flirted with various filmmakers and actors, and so on.

Now, as it finally prepares to start shooting under director Justin Kurzel, we’re being rewarded with our first peek at Michael Fassbender as the lead. Get your Assassins Creed first look after the jump, along with new details about the storyline and Fassbender’s character. Read More »

Video game movies coming soon

It’s no secret that the majority of movies based on video games are not very good. We’re not talking about movies set in the world of gaming or featuring fictional and real video games like TRON, Wreck-It Ralph, and this week’s release of Pixels. We’re talking about movies based on an existing video game title being brought to the big screen.

The first video game movie was Super Mario Bros. in 1993, and while that movie should have been terrible enough to kill the entire subgenre (the recent Honest Trailer for the film illustrates that pretty well), there have been about 26 video game movies released theatrically since then, and not one of them deserves to be called great (many of them can’t even be called okay).

However, there might be a chance that the future has some genuinely good video game movies on the horizon, that is if the talent attached to some forthcoming projects is any indicator. Below, we look at seven forthcoming video game movies that could break the apparent curse that plagues the subgenre.

Check out some promising video game movies coming soon after the jump!
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Ariane Labed in Before Midnight

Alicia Vikander‘s loss is Ariane Labed‘s gain. The Lobster actress has just been set for Assassin’s Creed, days after Vikander turned down the role. Justin Kurzel directs the video game adaptation starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. More details on the Assassin’s Creed Ariane Labed casting after the jump.  Read More »

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2015’s most ubiquitous, most in-demand actress is making some tough decisions. Alicia Vikander has just been confirmed for Bourne 5, after entering talks last month. However, this means she won’t be starring in Assassin’s Creed, which she was also eyeing at the time. Get all the details on the Alicia Vikander Bourne 5 and Assassin’s Creed updates after the jump.  Read More »

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The week before Jurassic World hit theaters, I was able to get mega-producer Frank Marshall on the phone to talk not only about the new Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, but about a variety of other topics as well.

During the conversation we discussed the idea of weaponized dinosaurs, how he came to produce this movie (which has something to do with Star Wars), the cynical online fanboy reaction throughout the development, the Amblin feel of the movie, how the project evolved from earlier drafts, why the previous screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are still credited on the film after Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly did a page one rewrite, the battle of practical vs. cg effects, planning for further sequels, Spielberg’s idea for trained raptors, how Jimmy Buffet ended up in the movie, if Universal Studios will be making a Jurassic World ride for their parks.

I ask him about some of the projects he has on his plate, which include new Bourne movies, a big-screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and Indiana Jones 5. I also ask about the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, a film for which Marshall acted as producer and second unit director. (I got some details on that latter gig.) All this and more is in my Frank Marshall interview, which you can read after the jump.

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Alicia Vikander Joins Assassin's Creed

After starring in the riveting sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which you can still catch in theaters, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is on the rise to stardom. Aside from being sexy and mysterious in Alex Garland’s magnificent film about artificial intelligence, we’ll also see Vikander in Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E., the chef-centric Adam Jones starring Bradley Cooper and the potential awards contender The Danish Girl, with Eddie Redmayne.

And now she looks to be getting an even bigger boost as Alicia Vikander joins Assassin’s Creed, the video game adaptation at New Regency, and Universal’s developing Jason Bourne sequel with Matt Damon. Get more details after the jump. Read More »