Ubisoft is confident that the Assassin's Creed movie will not suffer the same fate as other poorly executed film adaptations. The game company, along with movie giant 20th Century Fox, has made sure that the film will satisfy even the hardcore AC fans.
Head of content for the Assassin's Creed games Azaizi Aymar has taken to Twitter to confirm that the Assassin's Creed movie will be different from the other films. Aymar has responded to another tweet stating that "movies based on video[game]s have and never will work", saying that "Nope we can't. There is always a first, like comic book adaptation. Assassin's Creed will be that one, mark my words pal!"
Ubisoft has confirmed in the past that they are heavily involved in the making of the Assassin's Creed movie, making sure that the film stays faithful to the franchise. There is also no mainline AC game coming out anytime this year, so this has given the Ubisoft team plenty of time to focus on the movie.
Lead actor Michael Fassbender, who is also one of the producers, has also said in a Gamespot interview that he has spoken with the Ubisoft team and had a thorough course of the Animus and the story of Assassin's Creed so far. "Templars, Assassins, the idea of DNA memory--I was like, wow, this is great, this lends itself very well to a cinematic storytelling realm outside of the game stuff." He has also played the games before the start of the filming. "I definitely started playing and watching for the movement, just to get the idea of the shape I'm going to be pulling, basically. And the physicalisation of the character." Fassbender said.
Fans had become skeptical, however, when the producers confirmed that the AC movie will focus more on the present-day events than the past. The games have always featured the previous sequences more prominently than the present events. Also, no current AC characters will be featured in the film, and all characters will be initially made for the movie. Producer Pat Crowley explains, "We essentially did them all on our own because we wanted to have an original script. It's a movie that's based on the game, but it's not a movie that is the game."
The first trailer was met with mostly positive reviews, fans being particularly excited about the main character Aguilar's leap of faith towards the end. However, fans weren't too keen on the use of Kanye West's song "I Am A God".
Fassbender confirmed that they have started working on part two, IGN has reported. Additionally, the team also has ideas for a third movie. Crowley added: "It's not a one-off. Everybody expects that this movie will continue."
Both film producer 20th Century Fox and Ubisoft promise the Assassin's Creed fans a worthwhile experience on the silver screen. With all the work that has been put in the production of the movie, the fans can only hope that it can live up to its hype.
Assassin's Creed opens in theaters December 21.