Sony Pictures Lands Assassins Creed

Ezio in Assassin's Creed GameI’ve never actually played Ubisoft’s “Assassins Creed” game, but from everything I’ve seen, it certainly lends itself to a cinematic adaptation. (Or at least, those trailers are very, very slick.) Sony Pictures apparently thinks so, too, and has all but won a bidding war for the property, with an eye towards turning it into a movie franchise.

Sony won’t take complete control of the property, though. Ubisoft, through their recently launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures, will maintain some measure of control, which probably means the possibility of Uwe Boll directing has just gone out the window. Sorry, Boll fans.

So what’s it all about? It’s actually a lot more different than I thought it would be (via Wikipedia):

All of the Assassin’s Creed games take place in 2012, featuring the protagonist Desmond Miles, a barkeeper who is unknowingly a descendent of a line of Assassins. He is initially kidnapped by the megacorporation Abstergo Industries, the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, and forced to use the “Animus”, a device that allows him to experience his ancestral memories. Abstergo is seeking to discover the location of several artifacts, or “Pieces of Eden”, that hold great power, to control mankind and alter its fate. Desmond is later rescued by a small team of modern-day Assassins, and taken to a secure location where he can secure the artifacts before Abstergo. Within the Animus, Desmond experiences the memories of Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad, an Assassin during the Crusades, and Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an Assassin in Italy during the late 15th and early 16th Centuries, both of whom came into contact with one of the Pieces of Eden, “The Apple”. While following the storyline with Ezio, other Pieces of Eden become known, such as “The Staff”. Throughout these events, Desmond learns of allusions to the prophetic end of the world in 2012 from a former Animus subject, as well as from a holographic figure calling herself Minerva that speaks directly to Desmond through Ezio’s experience. Minerva warns Desmond that only he can stop these events and prevent another catastrophe.

“Assassin’s Creed” was originally released in 2007, but has already spawn three sequels, with the latest, “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations”, due out this November. Time will tell if it does better than Ubisoft’s last game-to-movie franchise, “The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”.

Via : Variety