2016 is proving to be a big year for video game adaptations in Hollywood. Studios may have yet to crack the code for critical success with these movies, but both The Angry Birds Movie and Warcraft are proving to be fairly solid hits at the box office. Assassin's Creed is set for a release in December and has a good shot at being a hit on both fronts, and we just got a new trailer for it.
The international trailer for Assassin's Creed just hit YouTube and it is largely the same trailer that was released a couple of months ago, but with a couple of fairly notable differences. For one, 20th Century Fox decided to tone down the Kanye West song that was very prominently featured in the first trailer that was released for the movie. It is still there, but much less present. Also, the studio is focusing as heavily as possible on Michael Fassbender, hoping that his good name and acting chops will help lend the movie some credibility with fans and critics.
The movie centers on Callum Lynch, played by Michael Fassbender, who discovers he is a descendent of a mysterious secret society, the Assassins. He then gathers the knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization. This is accomplished through a breakthrough technology that unlocks his genetic memories. Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain, during the Spanish Inquisition. The movie shares similarities to the games, but is a new story with new characters. Here is what head of the Assassin's Creed franchise Aymar Azaizia had to say about it last year.
"We share the same universe. Elements in the film have consequences as in our games, comics, and books. It's a brand new story, w/ new characters set in our universe. It's possible you may find some familiar faces."
Video game adaptations have been a code that Hollywood has been trying to crack for a very long time, with very little success. The movies are almost always critical failures and we have yet to get a video game movie that was a runaway success at the box office. Warcraft is currently destroying overseas, but it barely made a whisper domestically and didn't fair very well with critics either. So it wasn't the breakthrough some were hoping it would be. Assassin's Creed boasts a very impressive cast led by Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons, so it has that going for it and the trailers have looked quite good so far.
20th Century Fox is in need of a hit. Independence Day: Resurgence came out over the weekend and has bombed a bit, only bringing in a little over $40 million domestically. Even if the Assassin's Creed movie is received very well, it will be facing very stiff competition as it is coming out just a week after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and is coming out the same day as the new Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawerence sci-fi movie Passengers. Assassin's Creed is set for a December 21 release date. Be sure to check out the new international trailer for the movie below.