Video games have come a long way when it comes to narrative. With more hours of gameplay than many TV series, never mind movies, this means that there's a lot of story to adapt when the movie studios come looking for new movies to make. Assassin's Creed has been an incredibly popular game series since it debuted in 2007. Now it's being turned into a feature film, with hopes of turning it into a franchise as big as the games themselves.
While the movie looks to be taking the basic premise of the Ubisoft video game's structure, there will be many differences as well. Take a look at the trailer so you can get a taste of what you're in for.
There's a lot we still don't know about the Assassin's Creed movie, but here's a breakdown of the structure of the game, as well as that of the movie.
What Is The Assassin’s Creed Release Date?Assassin’s Creed is scheduled for a North American Release on Dec 21, 2016. December is usually the home of the award-worthy films, which would put Assassin's Creed in a class by itself. However, with the return of a certain major franchise, the assassins may have their work cut out for them. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is hitting theaters the weekend prior, and if Star Wars: The Force Awakens is any indication, Rogue One could have some serious staying power.
What Is The Assassin’s Creed Rating?Assassin’s Creed is currently unrated, but we anticipate a PG-13 rating when it is finally released. The film will fall squarely into the modern action genre, and as such, it is likely to have a rating similar to other movies of its type. All of the Assassin's Creed games have received M ratings, which is closer to that of an R for the MPAA, however, the M rating does not restrict game sales the way an R rating can do for movie tickets. It's possible, however, that the film could go for an R rating as other game-to-film series have done (Resident Evil).
What Is Assassin’s Creed About?While a great deal of Assassin’s Creed is still clouded in mystery, the first trailer gives us the story’s basic premise. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is dead. At least, that’s what the rest of the world believes. He recently faced execution, but rather than being killed, his death was faked and he’s now being held by a company called Abstergo. They claim to be working toward the future of mankind, but as their methods are somewhat questionable, their motives are as well. Abstergo has perfected a technology that will allow Callum to experience the memories of one of his own ancestors. Abstergo needs him to do this in order to obtain information that the ancestor had, but has since been lost.
A large portion of Assassin’s Creed will take place during the Spanish Inquisition. Here, Michael Fassbender will portray, Aguilar, a member of an ancient order of assassins involved in a feud with the Knights Templar. Exactly how the Spanish Inquisition will fit into the modern day story is still unclear.