Assassin’s Creed became a major player once Ubisoft put a huge marketing and development budget behind it to help create one of their AAA titles. It was no surprise that they would attempt to bring it to the big screen like they did with Prince of Persia and plan to with Splinter Cell. But while Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell have had and will have seasoned writers feature film writers at the helm, a virtual unknown to Hollywood is being given the reigns of Assassin’s Creed.
According to Heat Vision, Michael Lesslie will be taking on writing duties for the Assassin’s Creed film. British, there isn’t much else known about Lesslie aside from a few short films. While some may see it as a risky endeavor for Ubisoft to give a multimillion dollar franchise to a virtual unknown, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time proved that even with a more veteran writer the success of a movie based on a gaming franchise wasn’t a guarantee.
Up until now, the most information we have heard about the Assassin’s Creed film is that Michael Fassbender would be both producing and starring in it. Fassbender will be taking on the role of Altair, the protagonist of the first Assassin’s Creed game, in the film. While the description on IMDB talks about the origin of Desmond in the game, it is unknown how much will be tied into modern day or if the majority of the story will focus around Fassbender’s character Altair.
Fassbender has shown an affinity for the geek film genre, playing Stellios in 300, Lt. Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds and Magneto in X-Men: First Class and its upcoming sequel. With Fassbender in a producer role as well as the star and his understanding of what seems to work in geek films, there is some hope that he can help guide this Hollywood rookie Michael Lesslie in the right direction.
Ultimately, it is the entire team that can spell success or disaster for a film so the last thing we want to do is jump to any conclusions about the still unconfirmed rumor that New Regency and Ubisoft have decided on Lesslie. Obviously, we want the film to be good in the end and hope that if Lesslie is the one that the studios have decided on, we wish him the best of luck with working on the still relatively new but already much beloved franchise.