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Michael Fassbender to Star in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Movie

Video game based movies typically have a tough stance. With the exception of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from 2001, which soared on the basis of its attractive protagonist and the star power of Angelina Jolie, and the thinning storyline of Resident Evil with Milla Jovovich, the majority of the remaining titles have been rather forgettable. Most of the production budgets have been somewhat conservative by today's standards and titles such as Max Payne and Doom don't exactly make a compelling case for video game movies. Box office success appear to be rather accidental for this type of movie. For example, Postal was produced with a $15 million budget in 2007 and brought in just $146,000. Far Cry (2008), probably the worst example, gave a $30 million budget to controversial director Uwe Boll, and saw just $755,000 in ticket sales.

Ubisoft may be taking the movie idea much more seriously and has decided to complete ignore Hollywood for its production plans. There seems to be some acting credibility as well as Michael Fassbender will play the title role. Ubisoft also counts on a fan base that covers about 30 million gamers, but history tells us that a fan base is not enough to make such a movie a success. Down the road, Ubisoft said that it also plans movie versions of Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon.

There were no further details on Ubisoft's plans or a possible relase date, but Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet told AFP that he intends to "maintain full creative control" over scripts, directors, casting and budgets. "We prefer making the film a 100 percent by ourselves instead of having a studio that could betray the spirit of the license, because this would have a negative effect on the image of the game," he said.