Michael Fassbender has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed will finally be hitting the big screen. In a recent interview, the X-Men: First Class and Prometheus actor has revealed that the script is still in development. On IMDb, it is rumoured he will play Desmond Miles, the series’ protagonist and descendant of a long line of assassins dating back to the third crusade.
When asked in his interview on The Daily Beast about the status of the movie, Fassbender replied, “That’s definitely happening. We’re just developing the script at the moment. I’d heard of it but had never played the game. I don’t have a video game player … that’s not what they’re called. [Laughs] I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they told me the story behind it, and I thought it was very interesting—the idea of reliving memories.”
As much as any of us want to see our favourite stories projected on the silver screen, is it not about time that directors forced their actors into an armchair and hand them a controller in order to ‘get’ the character they are mean to be playing? Christian Bale or Daniel Day Lewis would have probably played the entire series, wore a hoodie and donned a dagger at his waist for a year whilst stalking the rooftops of Venice. Michael Fassbender is obviously not doing enough research for the role just yet… Although, Ubisoft have explained the story to him.
That’s not to say with the directorial skills of Scott Frank and the writing skills of the Assassin’s Creed team at Ubisoft, that the movie won’t be any good. It’s just that with roles already established, they have to be played to a tee to draw fans of the series in or ultimately, the movie will requiescat in pace like so many game/movie crossovers before it.
Rumour states that Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2015 with Box Office Mojo stating an exact date of June the 19th.