Today it was announced that Michael Fassbender is going to star in and help produce the Assassin’s Creed movie. According to Variety Fassbender has been cast as “the franchise’s iconic hooded hero”. However, the Assassin’s Creed franchise features numerous hooded heroes Altair, Ezio, and Connor. It is not known which of these characters Fassbender will be playing, but if they are following the Assassin’s Creed story from the beginning then we can assume Fassbender will likely be playing Altair or Desmond.
Jean-Julien Baronnet CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures had this to say:
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice, Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
This is kind of surprising considering how Michael Fassbender is now one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. With his recent roles in X-Men First Class, Shame, and Prometheus his name has been thrown out there for almost every major role available. I guess what I am saying is that having Michael Fassbender sign on for the project legitimates this as the video game movie with the greatest chance for success.
I honestly didn’t give this movie much of a chance considering that Ubisoft had to create a studio to produce their own movies called Ubisoft Motion Pictures. I thought the movie would likely follow the Assassin’s Creed story more closely than that of a Hollywood produced movie, but it would be a low budget movie because of the costs associated with creating a blockbuster movie.
However, according to the news today, Ubisoft is willing to shop the movie around after a director and writer are attached to the project. Jean-Julien Baronnet went on to say:
“We’re open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalised,” “Whatever the financial model, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will limit its risk investment.”
Finally, Michael Fassbender’s own production company DMC Film will produce help produce this Assassin’s Creed movie. It is not known how much of the production will be done by DMC Film or whether they will retain production rights if the movie rights are eventually sold to another movie studio.