Netflix will help assassinate our memories of the 2016 film… potentially.
Since Netflix proved its video game to TV adaptation chops with The Witcher, I’m sure we can all get reasonably excited by the announcement that Netflix will be developing an Assassin’s Creed live-action series; however much we’re all haunted by the truly terrible Michael Fassbender-starring and Justin Kurzel-directed Assassin’s Creed film.
— The Girl Reading This 🙂 2020 (@TheEpicDept) October 27, 2020
(Unless you’re Twitter user @TheEpicDept, of course, who is perplexed by the whole notion.)
The executive producers include head of Ubisoft film & television, Jason Altman, and director of Ubisoft television development, Danielle Kreinik. Both are known for working on the Apple TV show Mythic Quest.
This isn’t the only Assassin’s Creed TV show coming, supposedly. In 2017, Adi Shankar – the producer behind the Netflix Castlevania series – announced that he’d been asked by Ubisoft to take on the world of Assassin’s Creed in the form of an anime.
We previously talked about Ubisoft’s TV ambitions almost exactly a year ago, when a movie based on the successful Rabbids Invasion series and kid-friendly takes on the Far Cry and Watch Dogs IPs all seemed in the works.
We now have a much better idea of the projects in development, including:
- A Tom Clancy’s The Division film on Netflix
- A Rabbids film with Lionsgate
- A Just Dance film with Screen Gems
- A Beyond Good & Evil film on Netflix
- An independent Werewolves Within film
- A live-action Skull & Bones TV series based on the unreleased game
- A Spinter Cell anime series on Netflix
- And the Rabbids Invasion TV series is getting a fourth series on Netflix to boot
“For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise,” says Altman.
“We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe.”
It’s hard to think of Assassin’s Creed becoming a more complicated and expanded saga than it already is. Once all its TV adaptations are out, do contact me to explain the full canon timeline of games, TV, and film. Otherwise, I’ll be forced to invest in something like this essential guide just to put my mind at rest.