As the medium of video games may continue to expand it seems the number of studios producing new titles have done so in sync. This evolution of the medium and titles may lead to a project, which seems to employ new ideas; as such, it may be natural for the genre’s influence to reach out beyond the realms of interactive entertainment. Casting its gaze to its artistic siblings, video games may incorporated art, music and cinematography, among several other finely tuned art forms, into its fold. This aspect might be brought to life through the work of the myriad of talented individuals which seem to steer the video game industry in intriguing directions. Of these numerous directions the industry seems to evolve into, it’s the medium’s foray into film, and its adaptation to the big screen, which may pose a substantial undertaking.
Over the years, there seem to have been multiple attempts at bringing an interactive form of medium to the observatory of the cinematic world. From the recent Warcraft film to Angelina Jolie’s role as Lara Craft in the Tomb Raider series, it seems Hollywood has seen little shortage of video game adaptations. With this repertoire of franchise adaptations, early 2017 may pick up the mantle and mark the release of Hollywood’s latest video game adaptation. The latest video game series receive Hollywood treatment is developer Ubisoft’s flagship series, Assassin’s Creed.
International video game developer Ubisoft seems to frequently release new titles, constantly adding to their library. This exhaustive library, one which stretches back to the studios inception in 1986, seems to include some of the industry’s bestselling titles. With franchises like Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed among their works, Ubisoft may be a studio with a kalidoscope of titles which seem to span a breadth of styles. Yet, it seems to be the Assassin’s Creed titles which hold the mantle of their flagship series, selling over 100 million units worldwide.
With a premise revolving around two ancient orders, the Assassin’s and the Templars, the Assassin’s Creed series spans history with the narrative-taking place in the past and present. Through the series players may explore ancient eras and iconic moments in time, including the Renaissance, Colonial and Victorian time periods. As players explore these nuanced periods of human history, Ubisoft aims to set each consecutive entry in a distinct period of time. Aside from educating players on their history, Assassin’s Creed aims to feature a wealth of action and adventure gameplay as players free-run through open world settings. With its numerous entries and ubiquitous place in the library of players worldwide, it seems understandable this franchise may have caught Hollywood’s eye.
Spearheading the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and sitting in the directorial seat, is Justin Kurzel (Macbeth, The Turning). The film adaptation of Ubisoft’s video game franchise aims to feature a plot similar its interactive counterpart, however, this time taking place during the Spanish Inquisition. Adapting the premise of the series, the film version of Assassin’s Creed aims to portray an adventure involving Templars and Assassin as they go head to head.
With each Assassin’s Creed game and respective time period, the series may have presented a different protagonist. Each protagonist hailed from their respective time period and aimed to offer a distinct look, portraying the time period they inhabit. In the new Assassin’s Creed film there is a new protagonist, played by Ocsar nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Steve Jobs). With its new setting and direction, the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed aims to take Ubisoft’s flagship franchise and remould it for a new audience. Film lovers may have an opportunity to see the renowned Assassin’s Creed franchise presented adapted for film as the team behind the project aim to present the series in a new light.
How may 20th Century Fox aim to bring the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise to the big screen?