Netflix is poised to bring the rich tapestry of the historical fiction world of Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed” to life in a new live-action series. This venture is a significant element of a broader partnership between the streaming giant and the video game publisher Ubisoft. The collaboration is ambitious, intending to capture the essence of the storied franchise across various formats, including live-action, animated, and anime series.
The companies are currently scouting for a creative visionary to steer the live-action series as a showrunner. Spearheading the project as executive producers are Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik from Ubisoft Film & Television, bringing their intimate knowledge of the “Assassin’s Creed” lore from the gaming industry to the cinematic realm.
The move to develop a live-action series comes on the back of the franchise’s colossal success, which boasts a loyal fan following cultivated over a decade. Since its debut in 2007, “Assassin’s Creed” has enjoyed enormous commercial success, with game sales soaring over 155 million copies globally.
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Set against the backdrop of a secret war between the Assassins and the Templars, the series promises to delve into the franchise’s unique blend of history and science fiction. The story hinges on advanced technology that unlocks the genetic memories of historical figures, allowing players to explore various epochs.
Peter Friedlander, vice president of original series at Netflix, expressed his enthusiasm for adapting the game’s multifaceted storytelling for both long-time fans and new audiences. Netflix aims to craft an experience that’s as epic and thrilling as the games themselves, providing a deep dive into the franchise’s expansive universe.
Netflix’s prior ventures into Ubisoft’s catalogue include the animated series “Rabbids Invasion,” which has completed four seasons on the platform. The partnership extends to the animated “Splinter Cell” series from Derek Kolstad, the mind behind “John Wick,” and the upcoming film “The Division,” with Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal attached.
The adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed” for Netflix marks another chapter in the franchise’s screen presence, following a 2016 feature film starring Michael Fassbender that grossed over $240 million worldwide.
Outside of this collaboration, Ubisoft continues to branch out into television with the live-action series “Mythic Quest,” which has found a home on Apple’s streaming platform.
As Netflix and Ubisoft forge ahead with this initiative, fans of “Assassin’s Creed” eagerly anticipate how the streaming service will translate the game’s storied action and rich historical settings into a visual spectacle. With the promise of a deep narrative exploration and adherence to the source material, the series has the potential to be a defining moment in the convergence of gaming and television entertainment.