Michael Fassbender To Star In & Co-Produce A Movie Adaptation Of ‘Assassin’s Creed’
Over the last eighteen months Michael Fassbender has had a string of outstanding performances, with his respected roles in Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus,’ Cary Fukunaga’s ’Jane Eyre,’ Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class,’ David Cronenberg’s ‘A Dangerous Method,’ Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame,’ and Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’ all amazing. Thankfully for us movie lovers, Michael Fassbender’s upcoming slate is looking equally impressive. The actor is re-teaming with his ‘Shame’ and ‘Hunger’ director Steve McQueen on the adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s autobiography ‘Twelve Years A Slave,’ his ‘Prometheus’ director Ridley Scott on the Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller ‘The Counselor,’ and then finally he’s reprising his role as Magneto in Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class.’ Now, according to Variety, it appears that Michael Fassbender is attached to star in and co-produce a movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game ‘Assassin’s Creed.’
The plot for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret organisation with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts. “Michael Fassbender was our first choice” to play the franchise’s iconic hooded hero, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.” Originally Ubisoft was in talks with Sony Pictures to develop a series of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ movies, but the companies have since put negotiations on hold. Ubisoft executitves now plan to stick to their initial plan and develop the film independently in order to maintain greater creative control. Last year, Ubisoft invested in launching UMP (Ubisoft Motion Pictures), headed by Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, to adapt the company’s games into films, TV shows and digital projects.
While Fassbender’s profile has been steedliy rising, he has spent the past year developing films with Conor McCaughan. Together they produced the short film ‘Pitch Black Heist.’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is the duo’s most high-profile project, given that the game is Ubisoft’s biggest franchise, selling over 30 million units since 2007. A third ‘Assassin’s Creed’ game is scheduled for release October 30th and is set during the American Revolution. The first two take place during the Crusades and Renaissance. In addition to ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Michael Fassbender has teamed up with screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies) to develop a movie about the legendary Celtic warrior Cu Chulainn, with Fassbender set to play the leading role. The legendary tales of Chulainn date back to roughly the 7th century and were collected in Ireland’s “The Ulster Cycle” in the 8th century, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. Set in the northern part of Ireland, the saga relates the story of the Ulaid tribe headed by King Conchobar, and particularly its conflict with the rival Connachta tribe led by Queen Mebh. The most prominent figure in the legends is Conchobar’s nephew Cuchulain, who has semi-divine ancestry and superhuman fighting skills. In the most famous story, known as the Cattle Raid of Cooley, he is the only man capable of resisting the vast army sent by Medb to steal Conchobar’s prize white bull. Chuchulainn is often compared to the Greek god Achilles in that both were fierce warriors who died young.
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