With Justin Kurzel’s own attempt in 2016 long since past, the honor is now in the hands of Netflix as of Tuesday’s announcement for a live-action treatment, in an agreement with Ubisoft for Assassin’s Creed.
Billed as “an epic, genre-bending live action adaptation”, Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as executive producers on the project. The search has already begun for a showrunner that can help “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”
Michael Fassbender led the charge for Kurzel’s own adaptation, inspired by the hit game franchise which first launched to fruition in 2007, selling 155 million games worldwide.
Ubisoft quote: “For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise,” said Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television – Los Angeles. “We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe.”
Netflix quote: “We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Peter Friedlander, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”
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