Based on the best-selling video game property developed and published by Ubisoft way back in 2007, director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) is all set to bring the historical action-adventure series Assassin’s Creed to the big screen later this year. Starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Marion Cotillard (Allied) as dueling protagonists forced to grapple with the Animus Project of Abstergo Industries in an effort to extract the memories from one particular assassin named Aguilar de Nerha (Fassbender), the new movie should manage to turn a few heads upon release.
Pulling from a lot of the fictive mythology that stands behind the best-selling video game series, in addition to compiling an original historical fantasy narrative based on the real-life events of the Spanish Inquisition, Kurzel’s latest feature promises to be a thrilling adventure for general audiences the world over. If everything seen in the latest Assassin’s Creed trailer is to be believed, then the Spanish/English language adaptation of the best-selling Ubisoft property is sure to please viewers with a highly original movie universe – based in no small part on the original series of gaming titles.
In the footage featured above, distributor 20th Century Fox teases potential viewers of Assassin’s Creed with a special look behind the scenes of Kurzel’s film, with a special emphasis on unearthing the many ways in which the new movie will resemble certain aspects of the original video games created by Ubisoft. Drawing added attention to the ways in which the cast and crew incorporated such well-known elements as the costumes, wrist blades, parkour stunt-work, and artifacts like the Apple of Eden into the new feature length production is sure to get viewer interest raised, if only a little higher.
Granted, director Duncan Jones previously attempted many of the same sorts of fan service in his own major motion picture adaptation of an outstanding video game property this year, in the form of the critically-derided Warcraft. That being said, Kurzel and company will have a lot to prove with the release of Assassin’s Creed, as the upcoming movie could very well serve to set the tone and expectations for other films based on video games going forward.
On that note, here’s to hoping for the very best from everyone involved in making Assassin’s Creed. Kurzel’s latest appears to be a genuine thrill-ride primed to please longtime players of past titles in the video game catalog from Ubisoft and first-time viewers alike. Fassbender certainly appears to wear the role of new assassin Aguilar de Nerha with plenty of flair and gravitas – and that should result in an exciting drama, regardless of its origins in a popular gaming property.