British Playwright Michael Lesslie to Pen 'Assassin's Creed'

Posted 8:20 PM January 14th, 2013 by Binh Ngo
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Michael Fassbender is that much closer to playing an assassin in the videogame adaptation Assassin's Creed, a joint collaboration between New Regency and videogame maker Ubisoft.

The two companies have set British playwright Michael Lesslie to work on the screenplay, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Lesslie has written a couple of shorts, but Assassin's Creed will be his first feature.

Fassbender came onboard to star and co-produce the movie with Conor McCaughan last year after talks between Ubisoft and Sony broke down, which might have been caused by Ubisoft's unwillingness to cede creative control over to Sony.

Ubisoft found a willing partner in New Regency though, and, last we've heard, they hoped to have the movie in production sometime this summer. We're not sure if that's still the plan.

If the plot of the movie follows that of the videogame, then Fassbender will play a bartender named Desmond Miles, who is a descendant of a long line of assassins. Captured by a secret organization, he is forced to relive the memories of his ancestors in an effort to discover the location of some sought-after artifacts. Luckily for him, by experiencing those memories, he is able to acquire the skills of his ancestors.

As of yet, no director is attached.

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