Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television division of video game development company Ubisoft, have partnered with New Regency to develop an Assassin’s Creed film based on the worldwide hit game franchise.
In a recent press release announcing the partnership between the two production companies it was revealed that the development of Assassin's Creed had begun immediately with the project being fast tracked for a possible 2012 release. Ubisoft will maintain control of key elements of the movie’s creative direction.
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Shame) is set to produce and star in the film, which centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors -- all of them assassins -- and retrieve ancient artifacts.
It's now been revealed that Michael Lesslie, an English playwright who garnered wide praise for composing The National Theater's 'Prince of Denmark, has been hired to write the film's screenplay. Lesslie also wrote several short films including 2011's Skirt directed by Amanda Boyle. No choice has been made on a director as of yet, but the studio still hopes to have Assassin's Creed hit theaters later this year.
So if AC is expected to be IN theater's later this year, that means that it will go into production very soon. But without a director yet, I don't see how that's possible. And besides, AC is an action film and these type of films demand the attention of summer audiences. If that's the case, I think realistically, Assassin's Creed will come out in the summer of 2014.
In regards to the filming of Frank currently in New Mexico, they have already done some filming in the UK, so I expect this filming to wrap up by the first week of February, if not sooner. It's amazing how quick they can make films - I believe Shame was filming in like 25 days!
Source: Daily Blam!
Edited to add: A fan got to meet Michael Fassbender on her birthday while he's filming Frank in Albuquerque. Look at those crisp blue eyes!
My life has been made! Three days before my 21st birthday, I got to meet the amazing Michael Fassbender. He was filming his new movie, Frank, here in Albuquerque, and I had been trying to meet him for a couple of days, but he was usually too far away. Today though, they were filming late and in the snow, and my dad and I stayed out to hopefully meet him. I was indescribably happy to be able to do so…I think I’m still in shock actually….but I’m so so so very happy….he was so sweet and was completely willing to take pictures and sign a picture of himself that I had….He was wonderful and I truly can’t wait to see the new movie! He’s such an amazing actor :D