Michael Fassbender Updates on ASSASSIN'S CREED Movie: "We Absolutely Want To Respect The Game"
Michael Fassbender, star of next year's Assassin's Creed film adaptation based on the popular video game series shares some updates on the status of the film. Hit the jump and find out what.
Sitting down with IGN, Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), the star of the upcoming film adaptation based on the long-running Assassin's Creed video game franchise, talked about the film's current status. He reveals that he is still involved, the script is still being worked on, as well as their desire to "respect" the source material and his thoughts on Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) as a director.
"I know, I love these rumors! It's fantastic. People talk about it, and they're hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I'm still a part of Assassin's Creed, and we're working on the script as we speak. Actually, I'm going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.
You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There's so much cool stuff in the game that we're actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can't, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we're definitely making a feature film, and we're approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don't really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory -- you know, I think it's a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, "This is so rich," and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I'm really excited about it, and we're working very hard to make sure that we've got the best and most exciting, original package.
I just think that there's one thing Justin [Kurzel] should be doing, and that's directing. I know that from working with him on Macbeth. He's just fantastic in terms of his vision. Adam, the DP that he works with, is amazing. They've got a great shorthand -- that's essential. He's fantastic with actors and each department. He's a real heavyweight."
The script has undergone rewrites first by Scott Frank (The Wolverine) and more recently, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Exodus: Gods and Kings) from a draft written by first-time screenwriter, Michael Lesslie. Daniel Espinosa was in talks to direct before Kurzel entered discussions. Fassbender is currently the only cast member, though Olivia Munn has publicly expressed interest in a role.
Fassbender, Frank Marshall (Jurassic World) and Connor McCaughan are all on board as producers. This will be the first film from Ubisoft Motion Pictures, who will be co-producing it with New Regency. The film was originally set to be distributed by Sony Pictures but the current distributor is now 20th Century Fox.
Assassin's Creed is scheduled to be released in 3D on August 7, 2015.
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