Ubisoft has selected New Regency to co-produce and Fox to distribute its proposed film adaptation of the acclaimed "Assassin's Creed" video game series says Variety.
Michael Fassbender has signed on to star in and produce the film which follows Desmond Miles, a bartender who is a descendant of several lines of prominent assassins. The story weaves between present day and ancient times as Miles squares off with the Knights Templar.
Ubisoft will work closely to develop and co-produce with New Regency who is partly financing. The aim is to have a director, cast and script in place by next Summer. There's also plans to tie in the release of the film with a new game launch.
The first game was set in the Middle East during the time of the Crusades, the second through fourth games during the Italian Renaissance with the action taking place around various Italian cities and in Ottoman-era Constantinople.
The upcoming fifth game, "Assassin's Creed III", is set during the American Revolutionary War. The series as a whole has sold more than 38 million units worldwide since 2007.