The “Assassin’s Creed” movie, an adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game franchise, has officially entered its production stage and will soon begin principal photography. Read on for more details on this story.
“Assassin’s Creed” is now in its production stage and will soon begin principal photography for the film, according to Gamespot during an earnings call made by Ubisoft’s chief executive officer Yves Guillemot. The upcoming film adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular and hard-selling franchise will be produced by New Regency and 20th Century Fox.
Not much is known on the project except that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star Michael Fassbender is set to play lead role. Justin Kurzel, who has worked with Fassbender on the film “Macbeth,” is tapped to direct the film which is scheduled for a Dec. 21, 2016 release.
Based on the popular Ubisoft video game, the film will follow the exploits of a bartender who is captured by a large corporation and forced into the Animus, a machine that enables him to relive the memories of his ancestors who, unknown to him, are an ancient lineage of assassins.
The “Assassin’s Creed” games’ premise primarily revolves around the rivalry between two ancient secret societies — the Assassins and the Knights Templar — and their indirect relation to an ancient species pre-dating humanity, whose society, along with much of Earth’s biosphere, was destroyed by a massive solar storm. The games’ real-world chronological setting begins in the year 2012 and features Desmond Miles, a bartender who is a descendant of several lines of prominent Assassins, initially kidnapped by the mega corporation, Abstergo Industries, the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, who are aware of Desmond’s ancestral lineage. Desmond is forced to use the Animus, a device that allows him to experience his ancestral memories to retrieve several artifacts or the “Pieces of Eden” that hold great power to control mankind and alter its fate, bringing humanity into one single unified group.
The “Assassin’s Creed” franchise has spawned several video game titles such as “Assassin’s Creed,” “Assassin’s Creed II,” “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Assassin’s Creed Rogue,” “Assassin’s Creed Unity” as well as other spin-off titles which all made their way onto different platforms such as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, iOS, HP webOS, Android, Nokia Symbian Windows Phone and the Wii U. The series has been well received by the public and critics and has sold over 73 million copies as of April 2014, becoming Ubisoft’s best-selling franchise.
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