Video game adaptations are almost always terrible, but upcoming releases like Assassin’s Creed and Duncan Jones’ Warcraft look set to finally buck the trend, potentially making this genre as popular and successful as the superhero one if they end up actually being good.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly recently, Michael Fassbender confirmed that he hadn’t played the game before being cast in the movie, but has since become a fan of the series.
“I’ve played it since [being offered the job] mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character. We’re striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can. The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special. A lot of the stuff in the game is Parkour. Blades attached to his wrists. It’s about getting in close to the target, close quarters fighting.”
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the highly anticipated movie will focus on Callum Lynch (Fassbender) after he discovers that he’s a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day. Sounds pretty good, right?
The movie will be set in the same world as the game, but just how closely tied to them it will be remains to be seen. Assassin’s Creed also stars Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Ariane Labed, and is currently set to be released on December 21st, 2016.