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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Ubisoft had previously revealed they wanted to turn the property into a film, but Sony and New Regency’s involvement vaults the film ahead of other games like Far Cry and Rabbids.

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The Assassin’s Creed adaptation suddenly got a lot more interesting when Michael Fassbender was cast as the lead, and now it’s adding some intriguing talent behind the scenes as well. New Regency and Ubisoft have hired Michael Lesslie to pen the screenplay. If Lesslie’s name doesn’t seem familiar, that’s probably because he’s relatively unknown as a screenwriter. Instead, the 20something up-and-comer has gained acclaim as a writer of plays and the occasional short film.

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Ubisoft Launches Motion Picture Studio

Critics may not have cared for last year’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, but that didn’t stop audiences from turning out in droves to see it. After an unremarkable start in the U.S., the film ultimately grossed $335 million worldwide — making it the most commercially successful video game adaptation of all time. That’s the kind of money that’ll put dollar signs in anyone’s eyes.

It makes a great deal of sense, then, that French videogame maker Ubisoft (which published Prince of Persia) has just launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures — a shingle devoted to adapting the company’s games into film and television. Read more after the jump.

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