Word now comes that the future is looking that much brighter for the actor, with Variety reporting that he’ll not only star in but also produce Assassin’s Creed, the feature adaptation of Ubisoft’s incredibly popular franchise.
Fassbender will be producing through his DMC Film banner alongside Conor McCaughan, having produced the BAFTA-winning Pitch Black Heist short last year.
“Plot revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.”
We heard last October that Sony were in talks to develop the film franchise, but both companies have since put negotiations on hold.
Ubisoft are instead looking to stick to their original plan, and develop the film independently, in order to maintain greater creative control, which can only be a good thing.
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice” to play the franchise’s iconic hooded hero, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
They’ll be looking to get a writer and director on board as part of the package before resuming talks with Sony, who would more likely sign on as distributors.
With Fassbender’s involvement both in front of and behind the camera, I’d imagine that getting a writer and director interested in the project will be that much easier, and hopefully we’ll have more on that soon. He’s become an incredibly sought-after star over the last few years, and looks to be very selective in his projects, re-teaming with Steve McQueen for Twelve Years A Slave and then Ridley Scott for The Counselor.