|Assassin's Creed screenplay "beginning immediately", Ubisoft remains boss|
|Posted: 22.10.2012 15:13 by Simon Priest||Comments: 5|
Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin's Creed is now well on its way to being scripted for film, and that they'll "maintain control of key elements" in its creative direction. They've partnered with new Regency.
X-Men actor Michael Fassbender is attached to the series as previously revealed by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which was created in January 2011.
Financial terms of the deal between Ubisoft and New Regency haven't been disclosed. Many studios are now jittery over letting Hollywood have free reign over game IPs.
"Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent- and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
It is unclear what specific role Michael Fassbender will play in the film. “We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to Assassin's Creed, which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years,” said Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer, New Regency. "Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible."
Assassin's Creed III releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 October 30th in the US, 31st in EU, and on PC November 20th in the US, 23rd in EU. It introduces a whole new assassin, Connor, during the American Revolution.