Assassin's Creed the film
Videogame adaptations have not been as bad as people think or say, in fact some of them have been damn good both in terms of their connection to the original game and in terms of being a good film. Of course there have been bad ones, but they've not all been bad, and like any genre, more adaptations, more money, and more care means they'll get better and better.
Cue Assassin's Creed and the upcoming adaptation to film, which will surely be announced very soon, as Sony are in final negotiations to obtain the rights and start developing something from the story within the games. I foresee a film, perhaps a few, and how about a television series not unlike Game of Thrones?
Well for now the word is that Sony are looking like they will be the winners for the rights to produce and distribute an Assassin's Creed film as the Ubisoft division which was formed to develop games into films looks set to have its first major win.
Of course we're a long way off seeing it made into a film yet, and there's plenty of scope for it to go the way of Prince of Persia, but at the same time there's plenty of scope for it to go the way of Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, and better.
There's no denying that the Tomb Raider films are true to the games and good fun, and the Resident Evil films may have faltered from the original, but they too have a strong game connection but have actually been getting better of late. Mind you there's plenty of scope for improvement and to deliver better and better.
Assassin's Creed has the alluring rich stories of the game adaptations we've wanted to see made but have never quite seen their way through yet, it's also similar to a period that has been seeing a little resurgence on television and film, and is also a highly successful game with a big following.
The setting of Assassin's Creed offers a little more to the "ye olde worlde" of assassins that you might think on first glance. The story actually begins in 2012, better if I let Wikipedia explain:
All of the Assassin's Creed games take place in 2012, featuring the protagonist Desmond Miles, a barkeeper who is unknowingly a descendent of a line of Assassins. He is initially kidnapped by the megacorporation Abstergo Industries, the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, and forced to use the "Animus", a device that allows him to experience his ancestral memories. Abstergo is seeking to discover the location of several artifacts, or "Pieces of Eden", that hold great power, to control mankind and alter its fate. Desmond is later rescued by a small team of modern-day Assassins, and taken to a secure location where he can secure the artifacts before Abstergo. Within the Animus, Desmond experiences the memories of Altaïr ibn-La'Ahad, an Assassin during the Crusades, and Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an Assassin in Italy during the late 15th and early 16th Centuries, both of whom came into contact with one of the Pieces of Eden, "The Apple". While following the storyline with Ezio, other Pieces of Eden become known, such as "The Staff". Throughout these events, Desmond learns of allusions to the prophetic end of the world in 2012 from a former Animus subject, as well as from a holographic figure calling herself Minerva that speaks directly to Desmond through Ezio's experience. Minerva warns Desmond that only he can stop these events and prevent another catastrophe.
Variety through /Film have the story that Sony is negotiating to have the rights and look set to win, and the deal should say that Ubisoft are going to manage to retain some control in the process so that the film doesn't disappear off into the warped imagination of someone else, destroying connections with the game franchise.
I think this could work out well, I'd love to see Assassin's Creed the film, or the television series, but it also has the potential to go down the tubes and end up being an action high, parkour filled, 3D piece of nonsense.