The Assassin’s Creed computer franchise began in 2007 with the release of the first game and has lasted over a decade with 11 variations to date and a new chapter, ‘Valhalla‘ out next month. However beyond the game, it’s fortunes have been making less than a killing. The last time Assassin’s Creed was adapted for the screen (in 2016) even the talents of Michael Fassbender could not save it from being considered a critical failure and narrative mess (if, at least, pretty pixels to watch). However that appears to have not deterred another attempt – this time for television.
Netflix, rapidly becoming a major force for original content, is developing a series based on the computer game, forming part of an ongoing deal with game company Ubisoft. In fact, the deal could extend far beyond a live-action series and into animated and anime projects. It’s far too early in the day to talk about casting and story details for the live-action series – there’s still no showrunner announced so far and with production delays across the industry, it might be well into 2021 before such details are formalised.
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for. From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.” Peter Friedlander, Netflix’s Vice President of Original Series said in a statement.