Netflix's 'Assassin's Creed' to get anime, live-action, animated ventures
Assassin's Creed has apparently won the heart of Netflix. The widely popular open-world game is set to have three separate ventures: A live-action, animated and an anime series. Ubisoft, the company that owns the game, has recently inked a deal with the OTT platform. This comes as a great news for those who would want to enjoy its story in different platforms of entertainment.
"For more than 10 years, millions of fans have helped shape the Assassin's Creed brand into an iconic franchise. We're thrilled to create an Assassin's Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga," said Jason Altman, head of Ubisoft Film & Television, Los Angeles. Notably, Altman and Ubisoft's Danielle Kreinik will executive produce the live-action series.
Meanwhile, Netflix's vice president for original series, Peter Friedlander, is also "excited." "From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy," he said.
In fact, this is not the first time creators of this game have tried to create a live-action film. Michael Fassbender of X-Men fame starred in a 2016 film by the same name. He also co-produced the venture. Directed by Australian film director and screenwriter Justin Kurzel, known for Macbeth, a 2015 film, it earned $240mn as opposed to its reported budget of $125mn.
The Witcher is another popular game that had grabbed Netflix's attention, which was followed by a live-action original starring Henry Cavill of the Man of Steel fame. Its success led the streaming giant to announce a prequel spin-off, The Witcher: Blood Origin, in July this year. In January, an anime series, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, was also announced, thus expanding Netflix's Geralt-domain.