Over the past six months, we’ve spoken numerous times about big budget video game adaptations Warcraft & Assassin’s Creed, and how both their performance at the box office and public reception could quite possibly change the current standing of the genre as a whole. Needless to say, Warcraft did not prove to be the resounding success we were hoping it to be, not that the movie was bad, and the general audience seemed to receive it fairly well, but the critics were not impressed, with the film currently sitting on a 28% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Of course, there was another video game movie released in May, a little film called The Angry Birds Movie, one that the wider audience would perhaps have been more familiar with. But, once again, betting on a name was not enough to save this animated comedy from receiving mixed, if weighing more toward the negative side, reviews and public reception.
So, it’s really down to fantasy epic Assassin’s Creed to make 2016 the year video game movies took over Hollywood.
Much like the aforementioned films, Assassin’s Creed benefits from having a pre-existing wide fan base which should certainly help its box office push during first week of release. Of course, many players of the critically acclaimed game series have been wondering how the new movie will tie in to the ongoing narrative.
Production Armourer Tim Wildgoose recently spoke with EW about the the film’s props and costumes, talking about the details being brought over from the games, particularly noting the Assassins’ iconic wrist blade:
“Although we’re designing the weapons ourselves there are certain things you have to stick to — the way the wrist blades work. In that sense, we were going the Ubisoft reference as a design guide. At the same time, there are assassins from the games in the film as well. In some cases, we could directly copy the Ubisoft weapons onto their characters.”
So, it seems that we will be seeing ‘Assassins from the games’ making appearances, and given the time period of the film, set in 15th Century Spain, it could mean that popular character Ezio Auditore Di Firenze may show up during proceedings. Those who have played the games will know that the Italian did some travelling in his time, and was recruiting & sending messages back and forth between Assassins across Europe.
While this has not yet been confirmed by Fox, we believe it would be a solid choice to include Ezio, above other characters, simply due to his popularity among fans of the 9-year-running series.
EW also displayed new images of protagonist Aguilar de Nerha’s (Michael Fassbender) wrist blades, an iconic feature of the games, which have been specifically designed for the new character:
Assassin’s Creed‘s Autumn release date is now fast approaching and the final post-production touches are underway. Director Justin Kurzel and his team hope to please the fans but also offer those unfamiliar with AC a solid introduction to the series’ lore, an interesting central character to get behind and a thrilling new adventure from start to finish. Not to mention bringing the most breathtaking parkour on film to the big screen.
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Assassin’s Creed jumps into theatres December 21st.