Assassin’s Creed did not exactly break the box office and opinion about the movie adaptation is still mixed. But would anything have changed if director Justin Kurzel opted for a darker, more tragic ending for Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender)? Recently, 20th Century Fox published the binned ending ahead of the movie’s DVD and Blu-Ray release. Watch below.
Callum’s Assassins Team
The cut that made it to theaters worldwide saw Callum, having assimilated Aguilar’s memories, fully embrace the assassin’s creed. Together with the remaining prisoners, they escape the Abstergo Foundation, follow the modern-day Templars in London and retrieve the Apple. The final shot of the movie saw Callum regroup with his fellow assassins as they look forward to their next adventure.
However, the action-adventure movie almost traversed a different path. In the video released exclusively to Collider, Kurzel revealed that the character of Fassbender almost became the lone assassin fighting the Templars. (Head on over to Collider to watch the alternate ending.)
The original ending saw Callum survive the escape from the Foundation. In the scene below, the armed guards of the facility shot or stabbed the assassins to death. Only two, including Callum, was able to climb up what formerly was the Animus. But even then, the other assassin was shot, leaving Fassbender’s character the only man standing.
The movie’s editor Christopher Telefsen explained that the test audience did not want Callum to survive alone. “They definitely wish for him to have a tribe,” he said in the featurette, ” to be initiated into something.” He added that the audience did not feel satisfied by the rather sad ending.
So instead, Callum and the remaining assassins were able to work together and retrieve the Apple from the Templars. The ending suggested that they are the new protectors of the mystical and ancient artifact.
Assassin’s Creed Sequel?
There was initial plans to make a franchise out of the video game movie. Fassbender revealed in a previous interview that the studio wants at least three movies that follows Callum Lynch. However, Kurzel still has not decided where he might take the assassins in the sequel.
“I’m really fascinated by recent history,” he was quoted by Screen Rant. However, that does not mean the sequel will take place during the 1950s. He does want to explore that point of history, but it might not happen in Assassin’s Creed 2.
The first movie had a budget of $125 million according to its IMDB page. After its Dec. 21, 2016 premiere, it grossed over $237 million worldwide.
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