The "Assassin's Creed" movie is scheduled to hit theaters next May, but so far all we have to show for it are a potential leading man, Michael Fassbender, and an interested director, Justin Kurzel, who worked with the actor on "MacBeth."
Yeah, May 22, 2015 doesn't sound very realistic anymore.
Even if the release date is pushed back, a film adaptation of a ridiculously popular video game series with some serious talent attached to it will be a hit whether it comes out in 2016 or 2026. But the latest rumors question Fassbender's attachment, claiming that script issues have pushed him off the movie entirely, something the actor recently denied to IGN.
Fassbender stood by his enthusiasm for an "Assassin's Creed" movie, saying "There's so much cool stuff in the game that we're actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can't, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game."
So what should the elements that an "Assassin's Creed" carries over from the game be? Fassbender makes it clear that he's interested in making a film and not just a video game adaptation, but what has to be included to make this an "Assassin's Creed" story fans can embrace?
The Hidden Blade
If there's literally one thing that makes the jump from game to movie, it has to be the secret knife at the core of the gameplay. It's been in every game of the series and its defining weapon. "Assassin's Creed" isn't "Assassin's Creed" without it.
Leap of Faith
The swan dives from the tops of steeples and watchtowers are probably the series' most iconic imagery. We need to see the climb to the top, the swooping camera, and finally the incomprehensively easy landing in a pile of hay.
The concept that our ancestor's memories are coded into our DNA is the conceit that makes the series' time jumps possible and offers some interesting dramatic opportunity. A movie can honestly lose the whole Assassins vs. Templar plot in order to streamline everything, but this has to stay.
And honestly, that's it. If Fassbender wants to make a good movie — and he should — adapting anything is all about pulling the right parts that will make the best final product, not what's going to resemble the source material the most.
"Assassin's Creed" is currently scheduled to open on May 22, 2015.