With the music-themed dramedy “Frank” finally set to hit the United States, actor Michael Fassbender has been hitting the talk show circuit in recent days. One of his stops was with IGN who used the opportunity to ask him how the film adaptation of the popular “Assassin’s Creed” video game series is progressing.
Fassbender has been slated to both produce and star in the project, but recently there was talk he had dropped out due to dissatisfaction with the script. When asked about that, he chuckled:
“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.”
So how faithful will this be to the game series? Fassbender says the source material is so rich they have plenty to pick and choose from, but they also want to approach the project as its own thing:
“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.”
Justin Kurzel, who just worked with Fassbender on “Macbeth,” became attached to direct the ‘Creed’ film in April and the “X-Men” actor thinks the filmmaker is “just fantastic in terms of his vision”.