The first Assassin?s Creed Movie has yet to hit theatres, but it looks like a sequel is already in the works. An exclusive scoop from The Tracking Board has revealed that New Regency, the studio producing the video game adaptation, believes they have a bona fide hit on their hands and are already laying the groundwork for a follow-up instalment. Actor Michael Fassbender is reportedly already on board for the sequel.
Michael Fassbender on Board for Assassin’s Creed Sequel
?The sequel sees familiar names from the yet-to-be-released title?s production team, with Jean-Julien Baronnet producing for Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Frank Marshall producing through his Kennedy-Marshall Company, while Fassbender and Conor McCaughan will produce through their DMC Films shingle. Matt Phelps will oversee for Ubisoft, while Pam Abdy will oversee for New Regency.? Reads the report.
The first film, which is set in the same universe as Ubisoft?s best-selling game franchise, is set to debut this December with Fassbender playing the lead role of Callum Lynch. Much like Desmond Miles from the original trio of Assassin?s Creed games, Lynch finds himself thrust into the middle of an age-old secret war between two clandestine orders: The Assassins and Templars. Through the use of a device called ?The Animus?, Lynch gains access to the genetic memories of his Ancestor, an assassin from 15th century Spain named Aguilar. By living through Aguilar?s experiences in the Animus, Lynch hopes to gain the knowledge necessary to defeat the Templars in the present day.
Joining Fassbender are Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard and rising director Justin Kurzel. The trio previously worked together on last year?s well-received film adaptation of William Shakespeare?s Macbeth. The latter two are still unconfirmed for the sequel. Michael K. Williams, Brendan Gleeson, and Jeremy Irons round out the first movie?s cast.
The Assassin’s Creed movie will be the franchise’s only major presence this year after it was revealed that Ubisoft would be skipping the annual game release.