You can’t have an Assassin’s Creed movie without the Assassin jumping into a perfectly placed bale of hay. Lucky for us, the folks behind the movie know what’s important.
Michael Fassbender sat down for a chat with Empire to talk about the latest attempt to make a video game movie not suck.
“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films,” says Fassbender. “We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta. We’ve got (stuntman) Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”
Hell yes! Now, just strap a GoPro to an eagle as it flies around the main character and we have ourselves an Assassin’s Creed movie.
Ok, what is Assassin’s Creed?
Haven’t been keeping up with the latest in gaming over the past 10 years or so? Assassin’s Creed is one of the biggest gaming franchises out there. It’s not as big as it used to be thanks to oversaturation and the bug-riddled AC: Unity, but it still does well enough every year.
The franchise focuses on the constant struggle between the Assassins (good guys) and the Templars (always the bad guys). Using a virtual reality machine called the Animus, descendants of Assassins can access their ancestor’s memories and ‘relive’ them.
Michael Fassbender will play two characters. Callum Lynch (the modern-descendant) and Aguilar de Nerha (a 15th-century Assassin).
There’s a lot we don’t know about the Assassin’s Creed movie, but the talent is there for it to buck the trend of terrible video game-based movies. My biggest concern is what the split will be between 15th century Spain and modern day. I was never the biggest fan of the modern-day angle in the games, and I hope the movie doesn’t spend too much time there.
But like I said, the talent is there for a great movie. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Ariane Labed star with Justin Kurzel handling directing duties.
Assassin’s Creed is set for a December 21, 2016 release. Rogue One and Assassin’s Creed back-to-back? Sign me up.