Ubisoft Motion Pictures will develop the Assassin’s Creed film in close collaboration with New Regency, the publisher announced today.
Development of a screenplay is beginning immediately and the project is being fast tracked, with Ubisoft to maintain control of key elements of the movie’s creative direction.
“Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent- and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
This news follows the attachment of Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassenbender to the Assassin’s Creed film.
“We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to Assassin’s Creed, which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years,” said Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer, New Regency. “Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible.”
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is also working on the Rabbids TV series, as well as feature-length films based on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon video game franchises.