Fox and New Regency Partner for 'Assassin's Creed'
Where there's a Fassbender, there's a way: Ubisoft's plans for a film adaptation of Assassin's Creed are moving forward thanks to a deal with New Regency and Fox.
The new partnership comes in the wake of Ubisoft's failed negotiations with Sony, where distribution negotiations fell apart after the companies couldn't come to an agreement on the film's creative direction. Given that Michael Fassbender was attached to star, a new studio home seemed likely -- and sure enough, the green light is on again.
Fassbender and New Regency have worked together before -- they're producing his upcoming 12 Years a Slave -- and Fox is also familiar with his talents, having witnessed the piles of positive reviews he earned for his portrayal of Magneto in X-Men: First Class. He's shown a consistent ability to choose solid scripts, whether for art house favorites like Shame or bigger-budget projects like X-Men; while the prospect of watching him in a video game adaptation might seem surprising, his name above the title is clearly worth some serious studio investment.
No release date has been announced, but Empire reports that Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft's movie division, hopes to have cameras rolling by next summer. In the meantime, the next game in the series, Assassin's Creed III, is set to arrive in stores on October 30.