Assassin's Creed, an odd but awesome video game about a kidnapped man who's forced to relive the lives of his assassin ancestors to discover their earthshattering secrets, is one step closer to the big screen. Variety reports that Michael Fassbender, the star of X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, has not only been attached to star in the Assassin's Creed movie, but will also co-produce the adaptation through his company, DMC Film. His partner behind the scenes is Conor McCaughan, who also produced the Michael Fassbender thriller Eden Lake in 2008.
There is no word yet on whether Fassbender will be playing the contemporary protagonist Desmond Miles, his Middle Ages ancestor Altair, his Renaissance relative Ezio Auditore, his Colonial American counterpart Connor Kenway, or some combination thereof. But isn't Michael Fassbender spot-on casting for an Assassin's Creed movie? The CEO of UbiSoft seems to think so. Jean-Julian Baronnet says that "Michael Fassbender was our first choice" to take on the lead role in a live-action adaptation of the successful video game.
But almost as interesting as the casting news is the fact that Assassin's Creed will now be an independently financed motion picture, bypassing the studio system entirely after negotiations with Sony Pictures broke down, although they could eventually distribute the film. After the failure of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time at the summer box office, UbiSoft has become very protective of its intellectual properties and made certain that for Assassin's Creed they would be able to retain creative control over the project.
CraveOnline will be back with more Assassin's Creed news after we shove one of those annoying minstrels.