Good news, everyone. Although the action-adventure movie isn’t set to arrive in movie theaters until December, it looks like a sequel to the upcoming Michael Fassbender starrer Assassin’s Creed is officially already in the works, with the X-Men: Apocalypse star set to return.
The Tracking Board reports that the sequel will see the return of the movie’s production team, with Jean-Julien Baronnet producing for Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Frank Marshall through his Kennedy-Marshall Company. Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan will produce through DMC Films while Matt Phelps will oversee for Ubisoft and Pam Abdy for New Regency.
Directed by Justin Kurzel, the Assassin’s Creed film is based on Ubisoft’s highly popular video game franchise and stars Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; all three worked together on 2015’s critically acclaimed Macbeth. Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow), Ariane Labed (The Lobster) and Callum Turner (Victor Frankenstein).
Fassbender plays the role of Callum Lynch, who discovers he's a descendant of a secret society of deadly assassins (the good guys in the game), who are at war with the Knights Templar (aka the bad guys). Through a machine created by Abstergo Industries called the Animus, Lynch becomes capable of tapping into the memories of his ancestor, a 15th-century Spanish assassin named Aguilar. Using his ancestor’s incredible skills, his abilities and his knowledge, Lynch embarks on a quest to take down the big bad evil Templars in the present.
Even though the Callum Lynch/Aguilar storyline has been specifically created for the movie, fans can rest easy since it'll exist in the same world as Ubisoft's hit game and will be part of the official Assassin’s Creed canon.
The fact that the studio is already prepping up for Assassin's Creed 2 could be interpreted as a “Hey, maybe the movie won’t totally suck?!!” sign. I’ll admit I'm particularly excited about the news since Assassin’s Creed is one of my favorite video game franchises ever. Crossing my fingers that this movie will finally break the curse and be the first real great video game adaptation. How 'bout you?
Assassin's Creed will soar into movie theaters on Dec. 21.