A recent survey shared by Ubisoft seems to indicate that it might not be all over for the future of Assassin’s Creed in Hollywood. The email includes questions like what would people like to see in a future sequel, and if that film should count with all, some or none of the cast of the original movie. While the project seems to be in a very early stage, it seems like Ubisoft is not giving up on the film series just yet.
2016’s Assassin’s Creed movie was a disappointment for everyone involved: Fans were let down by yet another videogame adaptation that didn’t do justice to the original experience, and producers Ubisoft and Regency Films barely got their $125 million investment back, having grossed $212 million around the world.
Let’s have in mind that Hollywood films usually start giving profits once they’ve doubled their budget at the box office, since they have to discount marketing expenses, and distributors’ and theaters’ cuts from the grosses.
And yet it seems like Ubisoft still has some hopes for the future of the series in the film industry, according to a survey released to the users of the Uplay service. They were surprised this weekend with an email that contained questions about what they would like to see in a new Assassin’s Creed movie.
Some of them were vague, others were as direct as “Would you still be interested if Marion Cotillard wasn’t in it?” In fact, it seems like Ubisoft is completely open to any changes, including the disappearance of the original film’s protagonist, Michael Fassbender, though that’s separate from his role as producer.
The Assassin’s Creed film is set in the present-day Madrid, where Michael Fassbender’s character is forced by the Abstergo Foundation to use the Animus to investigate the life of one of his distant relatives, who lived in the times of the Granada War.
A clean break from the first movie would certainly not surprise the fans, since the videogames actually did something very similar: The original game was set during the Third Crusade, while the sequel advanced in time to reach the Italian Renaissance, exchanging the original game’s protagonist Altair for Ezio Auditore.
With this shift, the videogames were able to reach their full potential and spark one of the franchises that defined the previous console generation. Will the movie series make the same accomplishment?