Around three dozen films adaptations of video games have been churned out by Hollywood so far, and the best we’ve gotten are half-decent films like “Prince of Persia,” “Mortal Kombat” and “Silent Hill”.
Can Duncan Jones’ “Warcraft” or Justin Kurzel’s “Assassin’s Creed” break that streak and deliver something exceptional? Michael Fassbender, who stars in the latter, tells Empire that ‘Creed’ is very much an old school action film and draws a comparison to one specific past work:
“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way. There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta.”
Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a modern day man who learns he’s descended from a long line of assassins. Through cutting-edge technology, he accesses his ‘genetic memories’ and relives the experiences of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain.
The project, which also stars Marion Cotillard, recently wrapped principal photography. The film hits cinemas December 21st.