Michael Fassbender recently sat down with Empire to discuss his upcoming big-screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, where he likened it to the genre-defining The Matrix. Scroll down for all the details
It’s something of an unwritten rule if you’re going to see a video game adaptation at the cinema, it’ll more than likely be utter garbage. You only have to watch movies like Prince of Persia, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter to confirm as much.
2016 might finally break the curse with Michael Fassbender’s highly-anticipated Assassin’s Creed. With a hungry director in the form of Justin Kurzel (who worked with Fassbender on Macbeth), plus a sterling supporting cast which includes Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson, there is definitely potential for a great movie to emerge from all the talent involved.
Fassbender recently sat down with Empire to let us know what we should expect on Boxing Day, 2016. Here’s what he said:
“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”
Surely you can’t compare your movie to The Matrix unless you’re some way confident you won’t be eating your words later on, right? Without a doubt, the pressure is well and truly on. Fassbender proceeded to talk about the similarly innovative in-camera stunt work this movie will utilise:
“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta. We’ve got (stunt man) Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”
“We’re not trying to make it too crazy violent, although obviously there is an element of that, but what is really cool is that our action sequences are on real sets and real locations.”
Wait, did I read that correctly? A leap of faith into a bag? Surely there’s a typo there. Nope, I’ve just checked, that’s actually going to happen in this movie! For that reason alone, I’ll be seeing this movie opening night.
Based on Ubisoft’s ridiculously successful Assassin’s Creed series, the movie will see Fassbender discover that he comes from an ancient lineage of assassins. Thanks to a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories, he’s able to inhabit the body of his ancestor and learn the skills necessary to take on a Templar organisation that still exists in the present day.
Assassin’s Creed will be released December 26, 2016.