Monday, July 9, 2012

Michael will be another Medieval Asskicker!

It has been announced today at Variety that Michael Fassbender is going to star in and co-produce a film adaptation of 'Assassin's Creed'! Although you can't pay me to play video games these days (I liked them when I was a teenager, Atari anyone?), I have three nephews who play this game, so even I know how asskickery it is to have Michael play the lead assassin dude! If my girl crush Mila Jovovich can be in five awesome 'Resident Evil' films (I love those movies btw), then dare we not think that Michael can't go the long haul with a Creed franchise?

Here is a portion of the article from Variety:

Michael Fassbender will star in and co-produce "Assassin's Creed," the bigscreen adaptation of Ubisoft's videogame franchise, through his DMC Film.

While Fassbender's profile has risen with roles in "X-Men: First Class," "Shame," "Haywire," "Prometheus," and will next be seen in "The Counselor" and "Twelve Years a Slave," thesp also has spent the past year developing films with Conor McCaughan. Together, they produced the short "Pitch Black Heist."

"Assassin's Creed" is the duo's most high-profile project, given that the game is Ubisoft's biggest franchise, selling over 30 million units since 2007. A third "Assassin's Creed" game bows Oct. 30 and is set during the American Revolution. First two take place during the Crusades and Renaissance.

Plot revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.

"Michael Fassbender was our first choice" to play the franchise's iconic hooded hero, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."

Last fall, Ubisoft was in talks with Sony to develop a series of "Assassin's" pics (Daily Variety, Oct. 20, 2011). But the companies have since put negotiations on hold.

So what do you think, are you excited? To learn more about the Assassin's Creed games, go to it's website.

**Also, remember that second blog I was telling you about that I needed to create? Well, it's all set up, please go check out 'Theatre of Zen' at your leisure, and watch it as it'll be updated regularly. Thanks!


émilie said...

Don't know what to think about this Assassin's Creed movie...I like the idea of Ubisoft being French, maybe Michael will come to France more often! BTW, your new blog is great, Simone! I've signed for the newsletter!

Simone said...

Emilie, all I know is that Assassin's Creed is VERY VERY popular. Like video game fanboy's heads are exploding this morning with this announcement that the video game is even being made, let alone Fassy being associated with it. Considering that I don't play any video games, I do have a tendency to love the film adaptations to them. So I'm sure this is going to be a fun film.

I'm glad you like my new TZ blog. It's multi purpose in that it's part of my Master's Degree study, for referencing people to my online work, and it will be my primary TIFF coverage vehicle. :-)

marcia said...

I LOVE Assassin's Creed and i never liked those games when i was a teen, i started to play and love it with A.Creed, this movie is going to be fantastic! Michael will be perfect for the role!

MLM said...

Michael is very smart. This movie will expose him to a whole new fan base and the role seems perfect for his physicality and acting chops. It will take place during the Crusades or Renaissance. Let's cross our fingers the director and writer hired for this film are A-list talent as well.

Anonymous said...

What??? a video game based movie? how many of those were hits?

Lucretia said...

This is great news! A potential franchise that is not some sort of reboot. I'm a history professor; half the students in my Renaissance course are there because of this game, so I had to get into it myself so I would know what they are talking about. The combination of history/fantasy in it has a lot of potential for films (plus great costumes). I also like the fact that the game manufacturer is not content simply to turn it over to a Hollywood studio, but seems to want to get it right; they've made a great start.
Good luck with the Master's, and the great new blog.

Dionne said...

I don't know anything about the game. I asked my brother and he is very familiar with it, apparently it's very popular.

I'm super excited that Michael is co-producing, also he's going to look sooooo good in the assassin gear.

Sidra said...

This is very surprisingly casting to me to be honest.
It's still very cool MF will be taking on a fun project after playing two serious roles in The Counselor and 12 Years.
Also, more moviegoers will be exposed to him and hopefully his name & talent will be known even more so.

Kruschelkasten said...

Ok, you find me with a lot of question marks above my head. I never was into video games (the last I played regularly was Pack Man. :) )
I'm not sure if I want him to stay more in the Arthouse corner, or just to play every good character that comes along (even if it is a video game on the big screen).


Anonymous said...

I really really hope it will get a good script, and director otherwise it will be a disaster. i dont expect him to do only arthouse or indie movies,and it's o.k to do movies for money (it will help finance other projects, like George Clooney doing the Ocean movies so he can make Good Night and Good Luck)i know it is very premature, but i dont want it to bomb. and this kind of movies have a bad track record.

Simone said...

^Anon, a couple new factors come into play:

a)Michael is going to be in the lead role - so you have a quality actor.

b)His DMC company will co-produce this - he will have a real financial interest in the development and success of it.

c)From what I have been reading, Ubisoft, the makers of the video game, will have a signficant role in the creation of this film too. In the other video game movies, it was 100% Hollywood studios.

Fassbender is smart to diversify his roles. The higher profile he is, the more roles and scripts that will come his way, the more money he can earn to support his production company, so that he can make the type of films he wants.

He's very smart. Not every role he takes will satisfy everyone in his fanbase. He's diversifying, and the fans should be flexible and receptive to his roles.

Anonymous said...

The best part is that from looking at the pictures, he will be clean-shaven. I prefer men with no facial hair but that is just me. However, with Michael, I take him however he comes. Sigh…

emmy said...

Ohh very interesting news ! Looking forward to know more about this project =D. This can be really great =D

Katerina said...

I'm excited to see where Michael will do with this project, being that he already has worked on previous video games such as Fable III as Logan, King of Albion.

Veronica said...

It’s going to be awesome having Michael in such a high profile role. A whole new group of people will know his name. I’m with you Simone, he’s diversifying his roles and this can only help!