It's sad but true that there are plenty of terrible movies based on videogames out there. But there's one videogame that DESERVES an adaptation for its sweeping visuals and keeps-you-guessing plot: Assassin's Creed. And now it looks as if our fan-dreams are coming true.
According to IndieWire
[Sony] has acquired the rights for Ubisoft's historical sci-fi hit "Assassin's Creed" with plans to bring it to a multiplex near you. With more than 30 million copies of the game sold worldwide (with the fourth installment hitting stores next month), it's no shocker that the videogame publisher had more than one interested party as they shopped the game around Hollywood for the past few months.
Assassin's Creed is a multilayered series about an assassin moving through his world (the Crusades in the first game; Renaissance Italy in the sequels), killing for a higher purpose. But in actuality, 21st-century Desmond Miles is experiencing the game as the genetic memories of his ancestors, and the fight between the Assassins and the Templars weaves its way through all timelines.
It's awesome. Play Assassin's Creed I, II and Brotherhood right now. (You have to wait until Nov. 15 to play Revelations.)
We're excited by this news, because we think it's a great property to adapt into a movie, plus it features the voice talent of hottie Kristen Bell (Heroes, Veronica Mars). We also admit that we're just a little nervous, because of Hollywood's track record with game movies. But for a property like this, we're far more thrilled than cautious.
So which of the assassins will get the big-screen treatment, Altair of the first game or Ezio of the subsequent ones? While Ezio is a more well-rounded character, the character of Altair is something the West genuinely needs to see: a Muslim hero.
The only other videogame that would make us equally excited to see turned into a movie would be the already-cinematic Drake's Fortune series. And not just because Nathan Fillion wants in ... but that doesn't hurt.