Another one to file under “it was only a matter of time.”
Anyone who’s played Ubisoft’s brilliant Assassin’s Creed games knows that they have some of the most exciting, innovative gameplay around. Adding to the experience, it also features some of the more intense and interesting storytelling around as well, so it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to making the series into a film. The timing is apropos as well, since we’re on the eve of the release of the fourth game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
From a storytelling perspective (and some spoilers follow), the games are fascinating. The main gameplay concerns a band of assassins who undertake missions for the greater good. They’re set in the 15th and 16th centuries, using a variety of characters and historical figures both real and fictional. The added twist is that the whole experience is a “brain in a jar” type of project by the modern-day ancestors of the Assassins, in an effort to track down a series of mystical artifacts and keep the efforts of the evil Templars at bay. It’s about as confusing as it sounds, but it’s a phenomenal series.
No other information is out there yet, and there’s no way of knowing how serious an effort Sony will put into making it happen. But given the series’ built-in mythology and the serial nature of it, I’m guessing they’re hoping to turn it into a big-budget tentpole series.
Here’s two of the trailers for the third entry:
And the more cinematic one:
Finally, here’s the short film Assassin’s Creed Lineage, which was released in tandem with Assassin’s Creed 2. It’s long as hell, but worth it if you’ve got time later.