One project that has taken its time to get to the screen has been the upcoming film adaptation of the best-selling video game series “Assassin’s Creed”.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures and 20th Century Fox have been developing the film over several years and are trying to avoid the pitfalls that come with turning a video game into a film – something which has yet to really yield a cinematic classic. In fact, more often than not, it yields duds.
One of the biggest selling points though is the presence of the film’s star Michael Fassbender. Out doing promotion for “Slow West” this week, Fassbender spoke with Coming Soon about how ‘Creed’ was progressing and why it’s taking so long:
“You say it’s a long time but what I’ve found – it’s all new to me but starting to develop scripts and work on them, they take time. It just takes time to get a good story together and we really want to do it right. It’s exciting. It’s going to start this year, we’ll be filming in September.”
He also spoke about how they tried to figure out a time period and game-related story upon which to set the film:
“That’s always the challenge of something that’s so dense, to really find something and pare it down and basically, there are so many elements to it, so trying to translate that to an audience, you have to pick key things. So yes, that is part of it, getting through the density of it and paring down and engaging a simple story.”
Fassbender is about to begin work on Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” which he’ll shoot before getting to work on ‘Creed’.