Fassbender to star in Assassin's Creed movie

Prometheus and X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender has been chose by Ubisoft to play the lead in an upcoming movie adaptation of the Assassin's Creed franchise. He will also co-produce the film with Conor McCaughan.

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Michael Fassbender, who has starred in recent sci-fi movies Prometheus and X-Men: First Class, will take on the lead role of an as-yet unnamed assassin as Ubisoft moves to bring its Assassin's Creed franchise to the big screen.

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"Michael Fassbender was our first choice (to play the franchise's iconic hooded hero)," Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said in Variety. "Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor." The plot will be similar to the games, where the character learns he is part of a long line of assassins and has been kidnapped by a Templar organization to recover lost artifacts. With each new game having a different hero, it is quite possible Fassbender will play a brand new assassin and not Ezio, Altair, Desmond, or Conner. Fassbender will also co-produce the film with Conor McCaughan. Ubisoft will develop the film independently, and is still looking for a writer and director. No word yet on who will distribute the film, although Ubisoft was in talks with Sony Pictures as early as October 2011 before those negotiations stalled.
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    July 9, 2012 8:00 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Fassbender to star in Assassin's Creed movie.

    Prometheus and X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender has been chose by Ubisoft to play the lead in an upcoming movie adaptation of the Assassin's Creed franchise. He will also co-produce the film with Conor McCaughan.

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      July 9, 2012 8:07 AM

      Assuming things don't drown in development hell and you they loose Fassbender, this is a GREAT start. Michael is a committed actor with great ability. Get yourselves a great writer and director and the publisher will follow.

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      July 9, 2012 8:29 AM

      This movie is going to fail. Games DO NOT transfer at all to Movies.

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        July 9, 2012 9:15 AM

        if it's done right, it could be a great film, in my opinion. there's a lot of characters with a lot of background

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          July 9, 2012 9:20 AM

          if every movie were done right, every movie would be great.

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        July 9, 2012 9:18 AM

        Clue. But that was a board game so maybe that's why it worked.

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        July 9, 2012 11:02 AM

        If I had to pick a game franchise to move to movies, this would be high on the list. Most game-movies or attempts miss the point of what made a certain game popular - the player experience (max payne, resident evil etc), adapt something with no plot or a faceless protagonist (halo etc), change shit randomly (hitman etc), or change shit in some sort of misguided euhemeristic haze (fucking mario bros.).

        AC is about dudes in hoods stabbing people (IN HISTORY!), which certainly doesn't rely on the player experience, and has protagonists with faces and personalities, an overarching plotline, and also an established space for new stories to inhabit.

        It may be utter shit. But it doesn't need to be.

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        July 9, 2012 2:35 PM

        They will as soon as movie makers start treating games like they do comic books now.

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        July 10, 2012 12:50 AM

        It's not that they're inherently unable to be transferred. It's that the people they keep putting in charge keep fucking it up royally. I still can't believe they screwed up Max Payne. They could have taken the story almost verbatim from the game and made it into a film and it would have been great. And look how they fucked it up.

        Still, I'm hopeful that someday someone will get it right.

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      July 9, 2012 9:14 AM

      What are the odds of Hollywood introducing a stupid plot element completely unrelated to the games? Aliens? Genetic manipulation? A superdrug? Come on people, this movie needs to POP!

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        July 9, 2012 9:16 AM

        They can't...they can't introduce aliens as a completely unrelated thing. I mean...wat?

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        July 9, 2012 9:18 AM

        It's all McDonalds once it goes to Hollywood.

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        July 9, 2012 10:08 AM

        To be fair, Assassin's Creed already has a stupid plot element. Nobody really gives a shit because it makes up like 2% of the story, but it is fucking stupid. End of the world in 2012 (somehow again), ancient astronauts, Apple of Eden shit.... come on. But hey! You get to go back in time through some guy's memories and run along roof tops parkour style and randomly assassinate some motherfuckers as a total fucking badass with blades hidden on his wrists. That's cool.

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          July 9, 2012 10:12 AM

          I love that kind of stuff! It's total BS, but it's a lot of fun. Have you read Mutineers Moon?

          http://www.baenebooks.com/p-291-mutineers-moon.aspx

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          July 9, 2012 10:54 AM

          I don't think they're ancient astronauts. They're an ancient creator race from Earth.

          I actually love the backstory stuff. At first they were just throwing conspiracy theories at the wall, but now it's a much more coherent world. It's only hints, but I think they've even set up the framework for how the animus/genetic memory stuff could possibly work, what with the theseus ship problem and stuff. (And the fact that women create all of their eggs in puberty, and the new vita game has a post-pubescent female protagonist)

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        July 9, 2012 10:16 AM

        They can't Ubisoft has control of everything, the director shoots a bad scene, and BAM they go we don't like it, re-do it. Thats why the last guy quit.

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          July 9, 2012 11:18 AM

          In that case the movie should stop playing half way through because the internet connection was spotty

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        July 9, 2012 11:08 PM

        The movie is only going to take the basic premise and make up their own story. Probably better off that way.

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      July 9, 2012 10:34 AM

      I hope it will be good it has so much potential, its just a game to movie usually suck, only a few have been cool.

      We shall see.

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      July 9, 2012 1:29 PM

      i actually think the asssassins creed story is interesting and cool enough to make a good movie if done right

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      July 9, 2012 6:41 PM

      why

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      July 9, 2012 10:44 PM

      Not sure how it will turn out, but they got one thing right, Michael Fassbender.

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      July 9, 2012 11:06 PM

      He's so hot right now.

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      July 9, 2012 11:19 PM

      Michael Fassbender is gonna fight the pope!!,