The Assassin's Creed movie seems to have made a shift in the wrong direction. It may be a Ubisoft Motion Pictures production, but it doesn't look like it's going to be anything like the game.
This could be a sign that Ubisoft's future in movie making is rather bleak. Movies based on video games are notorious for looking nothing like the games, and fans are already expecting that. Could this be the biggest upset in the video game movie industry since Super Mario Bros?
The script has been re-written yet again, which isn't really that shocking. Script rewrites are common in Hollywood, especially when expensive scenes are shot and it changes the story due to an important detail. One of the original scripts was written by British playwright Michael Lesslie, followed by Academy Award nominee Scott Frank (Minority Report), who took over and rewrote it. It is once again being rewritten, now by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, and some of the changes will disappoint many fans.
Assassin's Creed movie back on the front burner --> http://t.co/enxqLV7C5n pic.twitter.com/X0rd80nXESThe Assassin's Creed movie will no longer have anything to do with Ezio Auditore, Desmond Miles, or any of the original characters. Instead, it is rumored to be a DaVinci Code style thriller and all of the parkour scenes have been taken out.
— Teaser-Trailer.com (@teasertrailer) May 2, 2014
Ubisoft's major motion picture is looking a lot less like Assassin's Creed and a lot more like another Hollywood failure. Video game movies rarely do well as it is, and after Ubisoft's other franchise, Prince of Persia, fizzled at the box office, it doesn't look like the future of movies based on video games is getting any brighter.
Fans are getting increasingly picky about the movies they watch these days, partly thanks to online video review sites like thatguywiththeglasses.com. Most of the reviewers for that site have already decided that movies based on video games will never be worth watching. With the most successful video game to movie franchise being Resident Evil, it doesn't appear Hollywood is in any hurry to change that.
Fans will be expecting parkour in an Assassin's Creed movie, and now it's gone. All of the scenes involving characters we actually know about are gone. The only thing left to hold onto is the casting of Michael Fassbender in the Assassin's Creed movie, and very rarely has a movie ever succeeded based on the popularity of one actor.
Moviegoers might have to hope the script is at least intelligent enough to help us forget that almost nothing from the game franchise is left in it. Of course, Hollywood might just surprise us and give us the best video game movie ever made.