The Malta Film Commission is pleased to announce that Assassin's Creed has commenced filming in Malta. Assassin's Creed stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth) and produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall, with 20th Century Fox distributing. Assassin's Creed opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.

The story is about a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Fans got their first look at Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch last month with the first official photo.

Minister for Tourism, Edward Zammit Lewis, who is also responsible for the film industry, said that this is the 8th major production this year. It shows that the strategy adopted by the Government is reaping benefits and ensuring consistency with back to back projects. This is the fastest growing economic niche in the Maltese economy and we are working hard to keep the momentum.

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Film Commissioner Engelbert Grech, said that it's a great feat for the country to attract such a massive production. Malta has truly become a key film location. Assassin's Creed chose Malta following discussion with the Malta Film Commission and will benefit from incentives offered to productions filming in Malta. The production in Malta is being serviced by Latina Pictures.

The Assassin's Creed supporting cast includes Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams, Carlos Bardem (Escobar: Paradise Lost) and Denis Menochet. Justin Kurzel is directing from an adapted screenplay by Scott Frank, Michael Leslie, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates as this video game adaptation continues production in Malta. Do you think this could usher in a new era of video game adaptations that succeed at the box office?