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Michael Fassbender Says They’re Spoiled For Choice On The Assassin’s Creed Movie

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FassbenderACUbisoft’s best-selling Assassin’s Creed game franchise is one-upping its usual annual release schedule, with not one, but two new AC games hitting shelves this fall. But Ubisoft is hoping to expand the franchise’s success beyond our game consoles and computers. An Assassin’s Creed movie is currently in the works, with Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) set to star. While the flick isn’t due in theaters until next summer, a new interview with Fassbender reveals how respectful they’re being of the source material and what appealed to him about the project.

IGN caught up with Fassbender while the actor was promoting his drama/comedy Frank, which also stars Domnhall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scott McNairy. It’s been awhile since we heard any new developments from the Assassin’s Creed production, but Fassbender was quick to shoot down rumors that he’d left the project, revealing that the script is still in the works and that he was due to meet with the writers again soon.

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Assassin’s Creed Movie Producer/Potential Star Michael Fassbender Hasn’t Played The Game

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Fassbender!While actor Michael Fassbender can currently be seen in director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the 36-year-old is also becoming a film producer as well. The first movie he’ll be producing is the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the widely popular video game series from Ubisoft. He was already rumored to be playing the lead in the film, so a producer credit on Assassin’s Creed makes sense. But while that role will give him more responsibilities on the project, there’s one thing he hasn’t gotten around to yet: actually playing the game.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Fassbender admits he hasn’t played the game, but rather met with the folks at Ubisoft and was intrigued by the series’ mythology and core premise.

‘That’s definitely happening (the movie adaptation). We’re just developing the script at the moment. I’d heard of it but had never played the game,’ Fassbender said. ‘I don’t have a video game player … that’s not what they’re called [Laughs]. I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they told me the story behind it, and I thought it was very interesting — the idea of reliving memories.’

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Michael Fassbender Will Star In Assassin’s Creed Movie

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Videogame-to-movie adaptations haven’t fared very well over the years, ranging from the semi-decent (Silent Hill) to the ridiculous (Super Mario Brothers) to the WTF-worthy (anything directed by Uwe Boll). With gaming a multi-billion-dollar industry and with the quality of game writing improving by leaps and bounds, you’d think a big-budget videogame/movie franchise would be a no-brainer, but fans of both genres are still waiting for somebody to make the first truly great videogame movie. That goal just became a lot more realistic, however, because actor Michael Fassbender has signed on to star in and co-produce a bigscreen adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien told Variety that Fassbender was their first pick to play the film’s lead. Whether that’s true or simply marketing spin, it’s a decision that’s likely to put a big stupid grin on the faces of AC fans such as myself. Since breaking out with a memorable performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Fassbender has gone on to earn fans and critical praise in movies such as X-Men: First Class, Shame, and this summer’s Prometheus. I’m pretty confident that Fassbender would excel in any role you could throw at him, but I can definitely see him knocking an Assassin’s Creed role clean out of the park.