History has proven that, regardless of the overall quality, no film has ever suffered from starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Haywire, Shame). He was arguably the best part of Prometheus, and now he aims to be the best part of the Assassin's Creed film adaptation, which he will both be starring in and co-producing.
Formerly in talks with Sony, Ubisoft instead opted to go independent with the development of the Assassin's Creed film in order to secure greater creative control over the adaptation. While Sony could end up distributing the film, the production is being handled by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which is headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp.
Baronnet says Fassbender was their first choice to play Assassin's Creed's hooded hero, adding that "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."
While the plot revolves around a man who is kidnapped by a secret organization with ties to the Knights Templar, and is sent back in time in search of historical artifacts, Ubisoft says the protagonist isn't necessarily Desmond Miles. An Ubisoft rep told Joystiq that, while Fassbender will play the lead, it's too soon to say which character it will be. "The storyline isn't bound by a certain era or even a set of characters," they continued. "That kind of freedom gives us great flexibility in creating the movie."
With more creative freedom and the addition of Michael Fassbender, it looks like Ubisoft is sincerely trying to make sure Assassin's Creed doesn't limply leap to the box office like Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. There's no current release window for the film, but here's hoping all the hard work pays off.