Sony and Ubisoft’s movie division (STILL kind of amazed that of all the game companies to start their own full-on movie arm Ubisoft was first out of the gate…) have reportedly registered a buttload of domain-names that all point to the all-but-innevitable announcement of a movie based on the “Assassin’s Creed” video games.
For a change, THIS is a “recent” game series I’m actually pretty interested in seeing moved up to the big screen. It’s got a really interesting setup (spoilers for anyone who hasn’t played the games after the jump) a setting that isn’t done to death in either medium and a nifty visual aesthetic. The big question is… how much of this actually gets filmmed?
SPOILERS for the games from here on out!
See, the “everybody knew” (from the advertising) part of the first Assassin’s Creed was that you were playing as a Crusades-era assassin; which is interesting enough… but right off the bat the actual game threw you a wicked curveball – the story actually STARTS in the present/near-future, where an ordinary guy is being held prisoner by a secret organization who’re using Matrix-esque technology to dig around in his brain for “genetic memories” relating to a centuries-spanning conspiracy that involved his ancestor; the medieval assassin you play as in the game-proper.
Along with just being COOL, this structure also served as an ingenious handwave for the story to leap around from mission to mission and eventually from time-to-time – the sequel invovled a different ancestor and was set in Rennaissance Italy. (It was also helpfully in getting me to maintain a state of “give-a-shit;” as I tire of “go here, fetch this, go there, kill this guy” open-world gameplay rather quickly on it’s own.
So, here’s my questions: Do they keep the same “flashback” structure? Do they start in the Crusades or later? Both? Will the really, really, REALLY big “wait… WHAT!?” business from the end of the sequel get dropped much earlier? One thing that damn near goes without saying – the same actor will almost-certainly be cast as “present guy” and “past guy,” and I’d be unsurprised to see the film do A LOT more skipping between past and present – as it is, the game story (yet unfinished) seems to be leading toward Desmond (“present guy”) taking up his family legacy in a modern context… maybe the film will get there right off the bat – or at least for the finale?