When the first Assassin’s Creed trailer dropped back in March, we were pleasantly surprised by just how faithful an adaptation the film looks from the games it’s based upon. The story, action sequences and snippets of dialogue that were shown really captured the atmosphere, particularly that of the earlier games involving much-loved characters Altair and Ezio Auditore. Although Ubisoft‘s Assassin series is produced in a way that gives a “cinematic” feel, which has now become the norm in the industry, it wasn’t clear to know exactly how much of the game could make its way into a feature-length film.
With this new behind-the-scenes look at Assassin’s Creed we get an insight into some of the thinking that has gone into the project, hearing from the film’s director Justin Kurzel along with Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender, who stars as protagonist Callum Lynch.
Kurzel and Fassbender communicate their awareness of the game’s lore, indicating that they’ve done their homework, but also show their ability as professionals to translate the fundamental elements of the AC series from game to film, yet, at the same time, using some artistic license to tell a new story that fans haven’t experienced yet. Take the use of Abstergo (the company acting as a front for the Templars to control humanity in the modern day) for example, the film uses that key idea from the games, while also taking its own route of introducing a completely original character; Callum Lynch who will be placed into the mind of his 16th Century Spanish ancestor Aguilar.
From an early marketing standpoint, the film looks as though it will be the “unbelievable ride” that Kurzel is hoping it will be, and that is both exciting and important for video game movies. In the meantime we continue to observe the reception and overall performance of Warcraft as this year’s first game adaptation, as both have the potential to change the prospects for the genre in the near future.
How did you like the behind the scenes look at Assassin’s Creed?
See Assassin’s Creed when it leaps into theatres December 26th.