The other week actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard kicked off an international promotional tour for Justin Kurzel’s “Assassin’s Creed” with a quick visit to Sydney to talk about the film.
Having spent much of the year in the Aussie city shooting Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” the actor was asked by IGN if the film can break the so-called ‘video game film curse’ as, to date, even the few financially successful films based on video games have yet to score serious critical acclaim. He says:
“I was naive to be honest, it’s only in a hindsight in one, sort of journalists to tell you there’s a curse on video games. Then you go through the films that have been made… It’s only a curse until somebody makes a good one, and then it’s a different story.
For me, I just found this universe to be fascinating and I thought there was so much in it that would lend itself so well to cinema experience. Never really concern me, and again, those kind of worries, or anything, you would stress around these areas is pointless, because there’s nothing you can do about that all. Only you can do is focus your energies and try to make something good. Stressing about things like that don’t get you anywhere.”
Cotillard commented on it as well, saying Kurzel’s vision will help this overcome any kind of stigma:
“An amazing director with a vision, who’s not just a technician. That’s why Michael got Justin on board, was to have the movie of the director, and not just a movie based on a video game, with very good technicians; and a studio movie. There’s a vision behind the project.”
In a separate interview, Kurzel spoke about the freedom he was granted by Ubisoft in terms of crafting this adaptation:
“That kind of shift between past and present I thought was very unique and sort of cinematic idea. And on top of that Michael Fassbender asked me to do it and he was really passionate about it. Then Ubisoft, who just let gone like a film, like really find your own story and make it feel unique, different and choose new characters. There was a sort of freedom there that I thought was really encouraging.”
“Assassin’s Creed” is currently slated to hit cinemas on December 21st.