Michael Fassbender of "X-Men" and "Prometheus" fame is set to star in and co-produce a film adaptation of the wildly popular video game series Assassin's Creed. This news comes out with the fifth installment of the game series coming October 30.
Actor Michael Fassbender has risen through the Hollywood ranks in such films as X-Men: First Class, Shame, Haywire and Prometheus; in addition to two more roles soon hitting the silver screen and a short entitled Pitch Black Heist with the help of Conor McCaughan.
According to Variety, Fassbender and McCaughan have undertaken the task of producing a movie adaptation of Ubisoft's most popular game franchise, Assassin's Creed. The flick, in which Fassbender is set to star in as well, is based off of an historical fiction title in which a young man named Desmond Miles discovers his ancestors were trained assassins and forced by an organization with ties to the Knights Templar to recover memories from his forebears.
As of yet, that is all the film's plot is being known officially to adapt.
Fassbender was the "first choice" to play the white-hooded protagonist, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."
Last fall, Sony Pictures actually got rights to the rights toAssassin's Creed, but have since postponed their negotiations with Ubisoft.
The Paris-based video game company now wants to stay true to plans to independently develop the picture, thus allowing better creative control; and while Sony could potentially still end up distributing these movies, UMP - launched last fall for the purpose of assisting the game console to movie theater transition - "will package the project with a writer and director before resuming talks with the studio."
"We're open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalized," Baronnet informed Variety.
According to MTV.com, it seems likely that Fassbender will don the role of fan-favorite assassin, and star of AC II and III, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Then again, other than the aforementioned synopsis, nothing else seems to be set in stone.
This isn't the only news in the world of Assassin's Creed, as the fifth major installment of the game series, Assassin's Creed III, hits shelves for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 30.