Would I want to watch a movie about Michael Fassbender’s chiselled, time travelling jaw? Yes. Would I want to watch an Assassin’s Creed movie? Slightly less so. But this first trailer goes some way to convincing me that even if the plot turns out to be about Desmond, there’ll be enough leaping about and kicking to make it worthwhile watching on Channel 5 in four years time. Come see.
I don’t know a great deal of Assassin’s Creed lore, but the film was rumoured to be a prequel to Assassin’s Creed 2, with Fassbender playing Ezio’s asssassin dad. I don’t know why it would be set in Spain if that’s true, however. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel, who was also responsible for Fassbender’s Macbeth, and the script is by the folks who came up for the story (but not the screenplay) for the Brett Ratner movie Tower Heist.
Which I enjoyed.
In this era of cinematic universes, Assassin’s Creed seems almost perfect for the business side of making movies. It’s a tentpole adventure flick that can be set in any time period and even change lead actors without necessarily throwing out all sense of continuity. I understand why a studio would take a punt on another Ubisoft game translation, in other wards, since 2010’s execrable Prince of Persia. Fassbender seems better suited to the role of a wrist-blade wielding murderer than Jake Gyllenhaal did a Persian prince, at least.
The film’s out December 21st. Going to see it?