The new Assassin’s Creed movie seems to be coming along just fine, with actor announcements and production stills slowly being released to the public. The Assassin’s Creed movie is set to be released on December 21, 2016, if everything goes according to schedule. Principle photography for the film began a few months ago.
Glimpses of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie have been fleeting so far. Michael Fassbender will portray Callum Lynch and his 15th century ancestor, Aguilar, in the film. Ariane Labed will also be featured in the film, although details about who she’s playing have not yet been released.
The new Assassin’s Creed film follows a story line that is not taken from any of the nine games in the franchise. The original story instead uses the game’s “historical epic meets science fiction movie” premise as the foundation for a new tale. The premise is that it is possible to experience the lives of ancestors by unlocking the “genetic memory” stored in DNA. Fassbender’s character is able to experience the life of a man named Aguilar in 15th century Spain using this process.
Fassbender admitted that he hadn’t played any of the Assassin’s Creed video games before being offered the role. He says that he is playing them now as part of his preparations for the role. It’s common for actors to review the previously existing material that a movie is based on in order to get an understanding of how the material was intended.
Fassbender says that playing the Assassin’s Creed series of video games is giving him an understanding of the world that the movie is trying to recreate and how his physical performance should flow to mimic the game’s mechanics. Adapting video games into movies is challenging because of the way that a game’s mechanics factor in. In Assassin’s Creed, the character does parkour-style acrobatics, running, jumping and climbing, in a fast, flowing way. Fassbender obviously wants to be sure that the film version recreates this aspect of the game properly.
There have been relatively few successful movies based on video games. Hopefully, the film’s attention to minor details will go a long way to making the film a good adaptation of the video game and a good movie in its own right.