When you think live-action Assassin’s Creed horrible memories of the heinous Michael Fassbender come to mind, but Netflix is looking to change that.
The new series is part of a deal between Netflix and video game company Ubisoft to develop content based on the best-selling video game franchise. The deal will include live-action, animated, and anime series. The search is currently on for a showrunner for the first series, with Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik set to serve as executive producers.
“For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ brand into an iconic franchise,” said Altman, head of Ubisoft Film & Television – Los Angeles. “We’re thrilled to create an ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ universe.”
“Assassin’s Creed” first debuted in 2007 and became an instant hit, with over 155 million copies of the various titles in the franchise having been sold to date. The open world games explore the war between the rival secret orders of the Assassins and the Templars as they use advanced machines to access the genetic memories of Assassins in different periods of the past to track down powerful artifacts called Pieces of Eden.
If the series is picked up it could become a high octane, action anthology series. Much like the science fiction thriller, Altered Carbon (which sadly got canceled this past year.) AC could adopt a new leading actor (or actresses) each season. One of the great things about the AC franchise is that it take place across multiple periods of time throughout history. One season could have the series set in Egypt while the next could have it set during the Revolutionary War. It’s a rich and never ending concept that could be a huge hit for Netflix IF it’s done correctly.