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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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 »
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 »