If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. That seems to have become Hollywood's mantra when it comes to video game movies, but recent news could indicate that they may have finally gotten the formula right. Took them long enough. At this point we still have almost a full year until the Michael Fassbender led Assassin's Creed hits theaters in December, but those behind the film's production seem to have enough faith in its success that they've already ordered up a sequel.
According to a new report from The Tracking Board, New Regency has already begun preparations for Assassin's Creed 2. No plot details have been revealed as of yet, but the report does indicate that star Michael Fassbender will return for the sequel to the long-awaited video game adaptation. Preliminary responses to early glimpses of the upcoming adventure have been nothing if not positive, so it's not entirely surprising that the studio would prepare themselves to double down and prepare to capitalize on what could be a big hit.
Anyone who knows anything about the Assassin's Creed video game series will likely see a great deal of irony in this announcement. Despite the fact that many games in the franchise have received notable critical acclaim over the years, the series has similarly drawn criticism for its insistence on pumping out sequel after sequel at a rapid pace -- often resulting in diminished quality of the final product. Of course, film is an entirely different industry and medium, and as such it may indicate that those involved with the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie have a great deal of faith in its ability to draw in an audience.
Video game movies have a long, tumultuous history at the box office. Their performance ranges from moderately respectable to downright deplorable. At this point, many still consider the original Tomb Raider movie starring Angelina Jolie, which will soon receive its own Hollywood reboot, to be the pinnacle of video game films, and that came out nearly 20 years ago. Along the way video games have inspired some of the worst and most forgettable adaptations in recent memory, such as Doom, Prince of Persia, and Hitman: Agent 47 -- just to name a select few, the list is long indeed.
We will bring you more information related to the upcoming Assassin's Creed adaptation as it becomes available to us, and the same goes for Assassin's Creed 2, or whatever it winds up being called. No one knows how the film will do with fans yet, but with a sequel in the works we may finally get the definitive cinematic video game franchise we have always wanted. Assassin's Creed will parkour its way into theaters later this year on December 21, 2016, where it will face stiff competition from Star Wars: Rogue One, which opens a week before, and the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt-led sci-fi film Passengers.