It was just a few days ago that we brought you news of a feature film deal for the Assassin's Creed franchise edging closer and closer to completion, with talks between Ubisoft and Sony Pictures gaining ground. Now new information has come to light that may hint at the deal being even closer to a done deal than we may have thought. It seems that Sony has already taken it upon itself to register more than a handful of Assassin's Creed domain names.
The idea of seeing Assassin's Creed make a leap into live-action on the big screen won't have many fans of the series in shock, since the potential has been there for years. The developers over at Ubisoft are clearly aware of it, expanding beyond the realm of gaming and filming a live-action short film, Lineage, which illuminated some aspects of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
For fans who preferred the fictional version of Ezio Auditore to any human being, there is also the short animated film Assassin's Creed: Embers. With this much buzz surrounding the story and drama of a video game property, it's no surprise to see it be among the first of Ubisoft's flagships to speed towards a motion picture deal.
While the story in Variety that broke the news of Ubisoft and Sony Pictures approaching an agreement was revealed on October 20, Sony was clearly hedging their bets, registering over a dozen domain names on the same day. They may not give any new hints at what the movie may focus on, but are a good sign that a deal is close to completion:
This may just be a preemptive move on Sony's part, and not irrefutable evidence of a done deal, but there really is no reason for Sony Pictures to not do everything possible to get the rights to a big screen installment of Assassin's Creed. While comic book reboots are are all the rage at the moment, making profits off of the collective nostalgia of a movie-going audience that grew up with these characters, video games have to be the next genre to conquer. Taking a $10 walk down memory lane is all well and good, but with people around the world putting billions of dollars into video game properties month after month, movie studios have to see just how potential is being missed.
If that's the mentality of the bigger studios, than it's a good thing that Ubisoft has founded one of their very own to ensure that their properties remain intact and protected. That's not to say that Sony Pictures could tarnish the Assassin's Creed brand, since the amount of high-quality storytelling at work in the series has become one of its trademarks.
The general assumption would be that if a motion picture is developed, it would be less likely to follow the exact plot of a previous game, since the story's plot devices themselves make any time period and hero a possibility. Who knows, Sony and Ubisoft might even decide to make a movie based around one of our ideas for future assassins. There is a chance that the movie could release alongside a game, whether Assassin's Creed 3 or 4. If that were the case, the potential for crossover between the two projects is too much for us to comprehend at the moment.
What is your take on the recent developments? Do you think an Assassin's Creed movie is a sure-fire hit? Would you rather see retelling of one of the series' earlier games, or a brand new chapter for Desmond? Share your thoughts in the comments.
We'll keep you posted, when and if a deal is closed between Ubisoft and Sony Pictures. The next romp in the series comes with Assassin's Creed: Revelations on November 15 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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