Despite Ubisoft insisting that they will remain hands on with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film, stumbling pre-production has pushed the release date back to August 7, 2015. Ubisoft has insisted that the adaptation is going ahead as planned and the company is fast-tracking the project to star the outstanding Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class) with a script penned by Academy Award nominated writer Scott Frank (1999, Out of Sight).
The film was originally rumored to have a May 22 release date which was eventually pushed back to June 19, so a second delay to a late summer release isn’t a good sign for the film. Even if the film does debut in early August, that is typically the last trickle of summer blockbuster movies so perhaps studio heads are hesitant to throw piles of cash at another video game adaptation. The late August release would poise it at an important season for its demographic and brand recognition, but is usually much slower than the gauntlet of releases between May and July.
I’m still hopeful for the project, especially with Ubisoft’s insistence on remaining hands on with the project to ensure it stays faithful and resonates within the Assassin’s Creed universe. They did, after all, have to deal with the fallout of Disney’s spin on The Prince of Persia. Not to mention they hope the film will pair well with whatever new annual Assassin’s Creed game they cook up for the fall.
Will we see a new Assassin? Will Fassbender play Desmond? Altair? Will Nolan North be providing all the voices? Let’s just hope it doesn’t end as another project on the floor like the Halo movie (even though we did get District 9 out of that). At least with the extra time to speculate on the direction of the film there will be plenty of time for the internet to make some fantastic mock-up posters like these bad boys: