Since the abomination that was the movie adaptation of Super Mario Bros., our expectations of movies based on games has been incredibly low. So far, it seems that the progressively worse Resident Evil series of films have been the most successful adaptations so far – So we clearly have some way to go before we get a movie that gamers can be truly happy about.
Ubisoft agree, and have been steadily working on a big budget movie version of their big budget series, Assassin’s Creed. They already have star appeal in the form of Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus), who will be taking on acting and producing duties.
In an interview with Creative Screenwriting (via Polygon), a Hollywood screenwriter has revealed that he is currently working on re-writing an existing Assassin’s Creed script, written by playwright Michael Lesslie. A co-writer on the recent Wolverine movie, Scott Frank briefly mentioned his involvement with the Assassin’s Creed adaptation:
I’m rewriting Assassin’s Creed right now, and what I love about it is that I’ve never adapted a video game before and it has its own set of challenges. Especially in the world of rewrites, I love trying to do something completely different if I can.
Frank is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (for Out of Sight) and has also written screenplays for movies such as Minority Report, Get Shorty and Marley & Me. Fingers crossed that his involvement in this movie, will break the curse of terrible movies based on games.
Assassin’s Creed is scheduled for a theatrical release in North America on June 19, 2015.