You can stop worrying about that Assassin's Creed movie, at least for the moment. Apparently producers are so happy with it, they are wasting no time in moving forward on Assassin's Creed 2. And Michael Fassbender will return as Callum Lynch, the descendant of a mysterious secret society of Assassins, who must use his deadly skills to battle the powerful Templar organization.
Producers feel they have a massive hit on their hands, though that can only truly be confirmed by the ticket buying audience. Assassin's Creed arrives in a very crowed Christmas market this December, opening just one week after Lucasfilm's first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith. It will debut in theaters the same day as the big sci-fi epic Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. As well as the animated family comedy Sing, which follows a group of animals in a singing competition. But that isn't detouring New Regency from already developing Assassin's Creed 2.
The plan is to launch a full-fledged action-adventure franchise with Michael Fassbender leading a number of future sequels. And the first follow-up will bring back some familiar names from the production team. Jean-Julien Baronnet is producing for Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Frank Marshall is producing through his Kennedy-Marshall Company, and Michael Fassbender will work alongside Conor McCaughan to produce through their DMC Films company. Matt Phelps is overing the sequel for Ubisoft, with Pam Abdy set to oversee for New Regency. It isn't known yet if director Justin Kurzel will return.
Assassin's Creed reunites Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard with director Justin Kurzel after the trio worked on their 2015 adaptation of Macbeth. Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch will use a machine to tap into his ancestor Aguilar's memories, discovering that he is the descendant of a secretive society of deadly assassins. Accessing Aguilar's incredible skills, ability, and knowledge, Lynch bounces between 15th Century Spain and current day to take on the Knights Templar in the present. Obviously he doesn't complete his mission if there is to be a sequel.
Assassin's Creed is based on the extremely popular video game series from Ubisoft. The storyline in the movie was crafted specifically for the big screen, but does tie into the game world. It shouldn't come as a surprise that New Regency is already planning Assassin's Creed 2, seeing as how both Michael Fassbender and the game are quite popular. But video game adaptations have not fared well in the past couple of decades, and there hasn't been a substantial hit since the first Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001.
With a reported $125 million budget, Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox (the film's distributor) are eager to jump on any momentum the movie does find at the box office. It is believed that the positive responses from fans, especially when they first saw Michael Fassbender in costume, helped seed the idea for the sequel. Some believe this will be the year that video game adaptations finally break through in Hollywood, with Warcraft also expected to be a big hit this summer. What do you think? Are you excited that New Regency and Fox are already planning to turn Assassin's Creed into the next big fantasy action franchise? Or do you think they should slow down and see how audiences truly react first before pulling the trigger?