Given that the 2016 Assassin’s Creed movie starring X-Men star Michael Fassbender underperformed at the box office, despite making a profit, it makes sense that Ubisoft would be looking into a less costly way to bring about a live-action adaptation to the world. So it looks like Netflix is working on a live-action series based on Ubisoft’s action series. I would be very surprised if it was a continuation of the film’s story, but details are so scarce at this point, anything could still be on the table.
News of this came from Netflix’s social channels, where it posted a brief animated teaser combining the Assassin’s Creed logo with the Netflix one, as well as confirmed Ubisoft’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will be acting as executive producers. Altman is the head of Ubisoft’s film and television division, and Kreinik is the company’s director of television development. So even if the show is a collaboration between Netflix and Ubisoft, it sounds like people intimately familiar with the Assassin’s Creed source material are still at the top of the project.
Check out the teaser below:
Netflix + Assassin's Creed pic.twitter.com/yI2sItnMgi
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) October 27, 2020
Even so, it’s not like Netflix doesn’t have a pretty decent track record when it comes to video game adaptations so far. The Witcher show starring Superman actor and PC builder Henry Cavill did very well for the service, and was widely praised by fans of the games and books they were based on. However, most of Netflix’s video game adaptations have been animated, such as the Castlevania anime and the upcoming Cuphead series that was last teased back in July.
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Ubisoft isn’t stopping at Assassin’s Creed when it comes to Netflix collaborations, as the company is also working on a movie based on the Beyond Good & Evil series, as well as an animated show based on Splinter Cell. While the Beyond Good & Evil movie is in development alongside Beyond Good & Evil 2, there’s no word on a new Splinter Cell game in the works over at Ubisoft. Not the stealth game fans have typically come to expect with the name, at least. There is a VR game coming though, if that’s your jam.
This announcement comes just a few weeks before Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla launches alongside the Xbox Series X/S on November 10. It will also be a launch title for the PlayStation 5, which is coming two days later on November 12. If you’re not planning on upgrading to a new console right off the bat, it will also be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on November 10. The game is set during the Viking invasion of Britain, and stars new protagonist Eivor, which can be a male or female depending on player’s choice. Even if Ubisoft hasn’t been giving female Eivor the same spotlight as her male counterpart.