In a recent interview with IGN, Michael Fassbender opened up about his involvement in the upcoming ‘Assassin’s Creed’ movie. Despite Internet rumors that he was leaving the project over script issues, he confirmed that he was indeed still on board, and very excited for the project:
“I know, I love these rumors!…It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak.”
Fans of the video game series have been very enthusiastic about the movie project, and Fassbender agreed that there was a lot of great material to mine for the movie.
“There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice…But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory.”
The DNA memory he refers to is a key element of the series; the idea that one can access the memories and skill sets of their ancestors and use that knowledge to help them survive. Fassbender then goes on to state that while they will be pulling a lot from the game, in order to keep the film fresh they will be coming up with original story ideas as well saying “…we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game.”
Fassbender is set to produce and star in the upcoming movie, with a favorite directorial collaborator of his, Justin Kurzel, set to direct. In regards to Kurzel’s talent, Fassbender stated:
“He’s just fantastic in terms of his vision. Adam, the DP that he works with, is amazing. They’ve got a great shorthand — that’s essential. He’s fantastic with actors and each department. He’s a real heavyweight.”
This, of course, is great news for fans hoping ‘Assassin’s Creed’ will escape the video game movie curse, as Hollywood has yet to properly adapt a game property into a fiscally successful and critically acclaimed film.