The road to the big screen has been a long one for Assassin’s Creed, but with a release date in sight, the video game adaptation is finally set to begin production this fall.
Unfortunately, Fassbender remained tight-lipped about virtually everything else connected to the film. It is known that the adaptation will reteam Fassbender with his Macbeth co-star Marion Cotillard and that film’s director is Justin Kurzel. But story and character beats remain a mystery.
Some suspected Fassbender would play Desmond Miles, the modern-day protagonist of the first few Assassin’s Creed games, but the actor challenged those rumors in his interview.
“You don’t know that. Don’t listen to what they tell you, that’s the first rule,” Fassbender said. (The “they” presumably being the franchise’s evil Templars spreading misinformation.)
The film has plenty of source material to pull from, as the game franchise uses modern-day framing to explore different periods in history as an ongoing war between assassins and Templars rages forward. The game has gone everywhere from Jerusalem during the Third Crusade to Italy during the Renaissance to the burgeoning United States during the Revolutionary War.
The games also includes the Garden of Eden, religious iconography and an ancient race of who are essentially gods in their overarching story, so there’s no shortage of source material. It’s more a matter of what not to pull from rather than scraping around for possible story elements.
“That’s always the challenge of something that’s so dense, to really find something and pare it down and basically, there are so many elements to it, so trying to translate that to an audience, you have to pick key things,” Fassbender said on the wealth of source material.
But with filming soon to come, hopefully more details will come to light, as the game franchise itself shows no signs of slowing down — offering more time periods and characters to use in future adaptations.
Read and watch the full interview with Fassbender on ComingSoon.