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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Macbeth, from director Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, appears to be, if nothing else, a visually overwhelming adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Fassbender plays the general Macbeth, of course, who becomes king through treacherous violence, while Cotillard plays his devious and ruthless wife Lady Macbeth.
This Macbeth featurette features interviews with those three primary voices (Shakespeare not included) and features interesting notes just as Kurzel saying the script read like a western, and the idea that Macbeth is suffering from PTSD.
There are some good “making of” shots here, too, which are just as visually striking as the film’s footage itself. Fortunately, this featurette is just a bit more substantial than most things of this type. Running five minutes long it’s still a pretty digestible piece of marketing, but it gives the actors room to talk, and so we’ll take it.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
One of our most anticipated films of the fall season has just given us another reason to get excited. The Weinstein Co. has unveiled a breathtaking new trailer for Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel. Michael Fassbender stars as the Scottish general who takes the throne, and Marion Cotillard as the ambitious wife who propels him there by any means necessary. Watch the new Macbeth trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Justin Kurzel is keeping himself very busy these days. With Macbeth already finished and Assassin’s Creed coming up next, he’s added yet another project to his to-do list. He’s set to direct True History of the Kelly Gang, an adaptation of the novel by Peter Carey. More details on the Justin Kurzel True History of the Kelly Gang movie after the jump. Read More »
Casting Michael Fassbender as the lead in Assassin’s Creed was already a pretty big statement of the film’s size and scope. Now, it just got an additional dose of Oscar-winning credibility. Marion Cotillard will join the Justin Kurzel-directed film, scheduled for release December 21, 2016. Read more about Marion Cotillard joining the Assassin’s Creed cast below. Read More »
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There’s a film with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh that US audiences haven’t had a chance to see yet. The Turning is an Australian anthology film that adapts a set of short stories by Tim Winton, with more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska and Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello), David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed). But the anthology structure and long running time mean that has mostly been on the festival circuit for a while. Check out a trailer for The Turning below. Read More »
Video game movies get a bad rap, often for good reason, but there’s reason to hope for the best with some of UbiSoft’s upcoming projects. The game publisher has been directly involved with developing a whole slate of films based on its game titles, and hiring great talent to make the films a reality.
Assassin’s Creed, for example, will star Michael Fassbender. The actor is also producing, and working with director Justin Kurzel, who directed Fassbender in Macbeth. It’s been a while since we had any good report of progress on the film but Fassbender now says it is still moving forward, and that they have an intense desire to “respect the game.” Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Since landing the starring role in Assassin’s Creed back in 2012, Michael Fassbender has kept himself busy with lots of other movies. Now one of those projects may have helped Assassin’s Creed find a director.
Fassbender’s Macbeth helmer Justin Kurzel has reportedly been tapped to direct Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft and New Regency’s live-action adaptation of the popular video game series. Hit the jump for all the latest dirt on the film.
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That shot above shows off Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender as they appear in the new version of Macbeth. The film is directed by Justin Kurzel, the Australian filmmaker behind Snowtown, and stars Michael Fassbender in the title role of the William Shakespeare adaptation. Another, more striking shot is below. Read More »