In July, it was reported that Michael Fassbender would star in and co-produce a film based on the successful Assassin’s Creed videogame franchise. All that was missing was someone to finance and distribute the film, and Deadline has now reported that New Regency has struck a deal to do both.
A film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed originally was the idea of Ubisoft’s motion picture division. Ubisoft, who produces the game, felt that the character and story-driven nature of the games would lend itself to the big screen. The video game company will reportedly play a large role in the film’s development.
“Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent- and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
Ubisoft is hoping an Assassin’s Creed film will do better at the box office than the film adaptation of one of their other game franchises, Prince of Persia. Though it starred Jake Gyllenhaal, 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time didn’t gross enough to warrant any sequels.