Variety is reporting that Michael Fassbender (‘Promethues,’ ‘Shame,’ ‘X-Men: First Class’) is attached to produce and star in a feature adaptation of Ubisoft’s videogame franchise ‘Assassin’s Creed.’
A massively popular series, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ revolves around Desmond Miles, a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation called Abstergo Industries and forced to go back in time to various historical periods like the Renaissance and Crusades to relieve the memories of his ancestors — all assassins — in order to recover ancient artefacts.
“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 is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
Ubisoft was negotiating with Sony Pictures to develop and distribute the historical actioner but now, according to Variety, those negotiations are on hold. Ubisoft is now planning to finance and produce the film independently through its recently-launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures banner which is headed up by former EuropaCorp CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet. Fassbender will produce the adaptation with his DMC Film partner Conor McCaughan.
The French videogame publisher and developer is also in the process of developing live action adaptations of ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ and ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon,’ and has an animated TV series based on the ‘Raving Rabbids’ franchise ready to air on Nickelodeon.