According to entertainment industry Bible Variety, a deal for an Assassin's Creed movie is happening, and it could be actually interesting.The film rights seem to be heading to Sony pictures.
All movies based on video games are terrible, so I have no hope at all, but Ubisoft is reportedly going to keep a close eye on the movie and maintain creative control throughout the process, which, in theory, will keep it from being awful, but, again, I have no hope: Ubisoft is really good at making games, but are they really good at making movies too? That remains to be seen.
One thing that is certain: A lot of money has changed hands. There was apparently a bidding war between movie-world heavy hitters at Sony and Universal, so I'm assuming a dumptruck full of cash was driven to someone's house.
Here's is my insider-cynic predictions on three possible ways the movie will come about:
- Sony's executives will steamroll Ubisoft's dudes, and will utterly ignore calls to maintain the integrity of the story in favor of selling many action figures and commemorative Slurpie cups at 7-11. McG will be the director. Jason Stratham will be announced as the star, but ultimately, the role will go to Jake Gylenhaal. Critical reaction will be mixed. The effects will be lauded. The story will not be lauded. The film will turn a modest profit, mainly due to foreign sales. Gamers will hate it.
- Ubisoft's executives will hold firm and insist on keeping creative control. The relationship between them and Sony's execs will sour once the Sony executives realize that Ubisoft honestly takes the characters and story of a frickin' video game seriously. The budget will be scaled back. A promising unknown will be cast in the lead role. The script will go through many re-writes. Eventually, the entire project will be put on hold in favor of a new Michael Bay picture. Assassin's Creed: The Big Huge Movie will never happen, but there will be an animated comic book based on the original screenplay.
- It will be the best movie ever!
What do you think? Which scenario is most likely?