If there’s a way to make movie video game adaptations better, I’d wager that one way to do it would be to get good actors and directors involved. As things stand, video game movies are viewed by Hollywood as seemingly one step up from direct to video fare – perhaps today’s announcement from Ubisoft might go some way towards changing that.
They’ve somehow managed to snag Michael Fassbender to co-produce and star in an adaptation of their “Assassin’s Creed” series of games – which I confess lost my interest with the first game in the franchise. Beautiful to look at, but cursed with gameplay that could be used to aid those suffering from insomnia disorders, I’m led to believe that subsequent games picked up the pace quite dramatically and were actually fairly decent – oh, to have the time to check that supposition out.
Getting Fassbender is quite a coup as he brings credibility and – let’s be honest – ridiculous good looks to a franchise which needs to establish itself to a wide audience in order to be a success, given the property’s blend of historical fact, bonkers conspiracy-driven Sci-Fi and stabby-stabby murdering. Not exactly a combo designed to appeal to the floating multiplex voter, I think you’ll agree.
- Michael Fassbender Will Star in and Produce ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Video Game Adaptation (slashfilm.com)
- Michael Fassbender starring in and co-producing Assassin’s Creed film (joystiq.com)