Published on October 23rd, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey
Ubisoft and New Regency Co-Op for the Assassin’s Creed Film
Ubisoft has revealed that it has chosen to partner with New Regency (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “Man on Fire”) to bring the “Assassin’s Creed” film to life. This news comes as a change to the previous announcement when Ubisoft representatives said the company will produce the film independently back in July.
The Ubisoft Motion Pictures film will be co-produced by Michael Fassbender, who will also star in the movie. Ubisoft said the company will control some of the key elements behind the story’s direction.
In an official press release, Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said: “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. 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.”
“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,” said Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer, New Regency. “Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible.”
As both studios move forward with the project, we look forward to finding out if “Assassin’s Creed” turns out to be a winner. It does cause us some concern since we have seen few decent films come out of New Regency (the ones listed above stand as the exception), but with Fassbender at the helm there is hope to be had.