FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION SET FOR ASSASSIN’S CREED
Things seem to be coming together swiftly for this project! With Ubisoft deciding to develop and finance (at least partially) ‘Assassin’s Creed’, I’m not surprised to hear today’s news that New Regency and 20th Century Fox will be co-financing and distributing the film(s?) respectively. Given Michael Fassbender’s history with New Regency, which financed ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, and his long history with 20th Century Fox (I’m convinced he promised them his first born or something), it’s not surprising that the two companies have once again joined forces with the man to bring us what has the potential to be a huge movie franchise. I, for one, am excited about the prospect. The following is courtesy of ‘Variety’.
After securing Michael Fassbender to play the hooded hero in the bigscreen version of “Assassin’s Creed,” Ubisoft has set up the film adaptation of its biggest franchise at New Regency and Fox.
The French gamemaker will work closely to develop and co-produce the pic with New Regency, while Fox will distribute the film.
Fassbender’s involvement helped open the doors to both companies through his roles in the reboot of the “X-Men” franchise, “Prometheus,” “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave.” Ubisoft inked a deal with Fassbender to star and co-produce “Assassin’s Creed” this summer (Daily Variety, July 9).
New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston said working with Fassbender on Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” made the partnership on “Assassin’s Creed” “more irresistible.” “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,” he said.
Ubisoft hopes to have the “Assassin’s Creed” pic packaged, with a helmer, cast and script, by next summer, according to Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
You can read the rest of this interesting article HERE
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