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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I’ve never played a minute of the Assassin’s Creed games in my life, but that isn’t stopping me from looking forward to this year’s big screen adaptation of the popular video game. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), this Ubisoft property has a real shot at breaking the deadly video game movie curse.
After months of shooting, Assassin’s Creed wraps principal photography. Learn more about the project after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Michael Fassbender can currently be seen slicing his way through a medieval battlefield for director Justin Kurzel in Macbeth, with Marion Cotillard at his side as his leading lady. And next Christmas season, we’ll get to see him doing the exact same thing, only in a video game adaptation rather than a Shakespeare retelling.
Based on the video game of the same title, Assassin’s Creed follows Callum Lynch (Fassbender), who discovers he’s descended from a long line of assassins. Through cutting-edge technology, he’s able to access his “genetic memories,” reliving the experiences of his ancestor, Aguilar (also Fassbender), in 15th century Spain. A new photo from the film dropped over the weekend, and now two more new photos have just hit the web as well. Check ’em out after the jump. Read More »
In just under a year, 20th Century Fox will be bringing the video game Assassin’s Creed to the big screen. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the lead role as Callum Lynch. So far we’ve only seen a promotional still and a boring set photo from the movie, but today brings a slightly more exciting official still from the movie. Fassbender is seen in his Assassins garb alongside Ariane Labed (Before Midnight) laying on a rooftop, likely planning their next move for an assassination. Check it out below! Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Director Justin Kurzel‘s Assassin’s Creed movie opens exactly one year from today and you know what that means: the marketing has begun. The adaptation of the long-running and occasionally beloved video game series has been filming for a few months now, but details of any kind have been shaky at best. Is this a direct adaptation of a single game in the franchise? A mishmash of concepts drawn from across the series and assembled into one story? A totally new storyline that will coexist alongside the rest of the games? Who is star Michael Fassbender playing, exactly? What’s up with that photo from October? Those are the questions that are on our minds now that the hype machine is slooowly starting to turn its gears.
And no, none of those questions will be answered today. But we do get a banner, a new official website, a mysterious phone number that takes you to a mysterious message. Let’s dive into the Assassin’s Creed viral marketing and see what it has to offer.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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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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