“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 »
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 »
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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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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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