Fassbender to star in Assassin's Creed movie

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender is a making quite a name for himself with prominent roles in genre films like X-Men and Prometheus.

The actor is now reportedly set to star in a movie based on popular video game franchise Assassin's Creed. As expected, the movie is only in the very early stages at this point - although Fassbender does seem to be firmly tethered to the project.

According to CVG,  writing for the screenplay is expected to kick off "immediately." Unsurprisingly, Ubisoft will be retaining creative control over "key elements" of the movie.

Exactly what creative control Ubisoft will have and over what elements the clause covers is unknown. Clealry, though, Ubisoft doesn't want Assassin's Creed to turn into another video game movie debacle along the lines of Doom.

Fassbender agreed to the project early on help get the movie deal off the ground. New Regency president Brett Weston stated that Fassbender's involvement made the press to secure the rights for film version of the video game even more tantalizing.

"We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to Assassin's Creed, which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years," he said. "Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible."

Oh, and yes, fans of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy games Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon will be glad to hear that the game company also wants to bring both franchises to the big screen.