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Director: Blade Runner and Batman Begins are the inspiration behind the Assassin’s Creed movie

October 12th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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After the success of Macbeth, there are many people (us included) who are extremely excited for the release of Assassin’s Creed in 2016. With Justin Kurzel at the helm, and Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard once again taking up central performances under the visionary filmmaker, many are tipping it to be the greatest cinematic reimagining of a video game.

It certainly will be too, if the latest piece of news is anything to go by. The CEO of Ubisoft, Jean-Julien Baronnet, reportedly told Kurzel to model the film after two excellent movies: Blade Runner and Batman Begins.

He told French magazine, Premiere: “[Fassbender] accepted very quickly. And it was the only actor which we thought was obvious. So we started with the actor, which is incongruous. Even more incongruous, he engaged us with nothing.

“There was no script, no studio or anything. We told him we were going to build the project together, we have a huge brand and we want to make a make a film with references to feature films likeBatman Begins and Blade Runner. That is why we tend to. He was promised that he could work with the writers, we would associate it with all key creative choices.”

The reason Kurzel and Fassbender were attracted to the film was because they were afforded total creative freedom and, considering the excellence of Macbeth, that is a very wise path to follow.

Ubisoft offered the same thing to Tom Hardy, who will lead the upcoming Splinter Cell movie: “This is obviously attractive for intelligent players like Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy. It is like a huge studio because it has huge brand, but it is a small structure. And it will remain like that, you do not want to become bigger.

“Tom Hardy was also evident on Splinter Cell. We had the same discussion and it is also committed immediately. Tom is a gamer and he loves the world of Splinter Cell. We worked a lot with him on the character.

Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons are set to star alongside Fassbender and Cotillard in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film which has just started shooting. It has a release date of 30 December 2016.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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