Assassin’s Creed Film Delayed Another Two Months

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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:

Assassin's Creed Mockup

Assassin's Creed Mockup

Polygon – Assassin’s Creed film coming August 2015


Temple Run on the Silver Screen, Because Why Not

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Temple Run is a bonafide mobile phenomenon. Guy runs on a never ending track collecting coins and dodging sheer danger and millions upon millions of dollars are made. Because that stuff is addicting.

Well apparently movie producer David Heyman wants to make a movie out of it, because you know, it’s a franchise ripe with narrative to draw from. It’s got an idol. And a dude running. And some monkeys.

But to be fair, Heyman is an incredibly successful producer, having backed the Harry Potter films and this year’s zero-gravity thriller Gravity, so he might have an eye for finding profitable projects. I mean, it’s not like we’ve had a film about an explorer who runs from ancient things after stealing a mystic treasure before…

The Hollywood Reporter – Warner Bros., David Heyman to Bring Video Game ‘Temple Run’ to the Big Screen