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So far the road of video game to movie adaptations has been one littered with bodies. Ubisoft Motion Pictures hopes to change that as it enters this arena with plans for several film adaptations of its most high profile game series.
Nothing in its library is really more high profile though than their annual and ongoing "Assassin's Creed" franchise, and the hiring of talent like Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and filmmaker Justin Kurzel indicated that the studio certainly cares about the quality.
Ump's CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet recently sat down with French magazine Premiere to talk about their process for adapting their various game franchises and how it has actually taken years of careful planning to make sure it all comes together right. Baronnet says (translated from French) that this is why they'll avoid the usual issues of video game adaptations:
""Until now, it was licensing purchases - so the studios »
- Garth Franklin
The big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed has yet to start filming, but with an impressive cast made up of names like Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (along with their director from Macbeth), there’s already a lot of reasons to be excited about what’s to come in the movie. The awesome first image of the X-Men star suited up certainly helped to build excitement too, and with Ubisoft taking a key role in its development, many are hoping that Assassin’s Creed will be the release which finally fixes the video game movie genre.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, has been doing a good job of trying to put the minds of fans at ease, too, especially with comparisons to movies like Batman Begins and Blade Runner:
“[Michael Fassbender] accepted very quickly. And it was the only actor which we thought was obvious. So we started with the actor, »
- Josh Wilding
As you’re probably well aware, Ubisoft has big plans afoot when it comes to mvoies. It’s set up a new arm of its business, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which will handle the tricky task of adapting several of its big-name games for the silver screen.
To borrow a phrase from Jurassic Park, Ubisoft is sparing no expense in the process, with the adaptations of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell imagined as multi-million dollar event movies with some attention grabbing names attached - Michael Fassbender’s playing the lead in the sci-fi action film Assassin’s Creed, while Tom Hardy will play the stealthy military operative in Splinter Cell.
Overseeing all of this is Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean Julien Baronnet, and he’s »
Suffragette ranks a close second.
The film generated nearly 11,200 mentions across social media, news, forums and blogs after a week on release, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.
Of those, 13% expressed intent to view, meaning they would look to convert comments into cinema tickets.
Ranked a close second was Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, the period drama starring Carey Mulligan that opened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday – the scene of feminist protests on the red carpet.
Possibly helped by the extra media attention, the drama generated nearly 10,700 mentions (6% ItV) ahead of its release next week.
Due to the volume of films listed as wide releases next week, titles that failed to gain over 200 mentions have not »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
As detailed in this week’s column, 2015 is a strong year for female-driven narratives on the big screen, particularly films making noise in the Oscar race. One of those films is “Suffragette,” written, produced and directed by women, with a story about voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a project years in the making with Emmy-winning writer and playwright Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Hour”) crafting the little-known history into dramatic form on the page.
Morgan recently talked to Variety about the state of female empowerment in the industry, the hurdles “Suffragette” and other movies like it face every time the number crunchers get involved and the fact that she didn’t set out to specifically make a feminist film.
So I’m sure you’re dealing with this line of questioning a lot lately, but I wanted to pick your brain »
- Kristopher Tapley
★★★★☆ By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes - namely Snowtown director Justin Kurzel's visually inventive take on the Scottish play Macbeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender as the murderous Thane and Marion Cotillard as his Lady. Scotland is in the grip of civil war and the survival of King Duncan's (David Thewlis) reign depends on a final battle with the loyal Macbeth commanding his troops. The battle is bloody and brutal but with a stylised 300-like aesthetic of slow motion interlaced with bloody detail. Banquo (the ever excellent Paddy Considine) and Macbeth meet up with the weird sisters - four rather than three here - and are gifted/cursed with their fatal prophecies.
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It’s not so radical that Snowtown director Justin Kurzel has, for his second film, Macbeth, chosen to interpret the Bard’s Scottish Play as a medieval horror. What’s perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous tale tells of warrior-lord Macbeth (here played by Michael Fassbender, with devilish grin and marbles loose) and his Lady (Marion Cotillard) butchering their way to taking Scotland’s crown, in a hopeless landscape of impenetrable mists, ghosts and meddling witches. He’s a bloodthirsty tyrant (his ‘madness’ here smartly reinterpreted as a soldier’s Ptsd) and she’s a ruthless schemer – and these serial murderers are our protagonists. Truthfully, what’s most surprising here is that it took a studio this long to hire a horror filmmaker to adapt the story.
Stylistically, the result is triumphant, a film high on its own sense of dread and delirious from war, like its burnt-out protagonist. »
- Brogan Morris
Assassin.s Creed just added to it.s already fantastic cast. Two of the lead characters just got fathers to help shepherd them in the ways of that deadly, secretive world. Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson have both joined the production. Gleeson will play Michael Fassbender.s father, while Irons is parenting Marion Cotillard. According to Deadline, the actors just signed on while production is already under way. Filming is taking place in Malta, London and Spain. The Assassin.s Creed brand is a mighty big one. The video game series, which began in 2007, has already spawned 14 sequels with a fifteenth planned for release before too long. The series is so popular that games have been release at a rate of one or two a year, every year, since the first game became a smash hit. The games cover different time periods in world history. Current series sections have focused »
Macbeth is at war with itself. Not in the way that the title character is racked with guilt over the horrific actions he’s committed to climb to the top, but in that it quite literally is two cinematic ideologies clashing.
On the one hand it’s a rigid translation of Shakespeare’s most famous play. The original prose is maintained, delivered in thick Scottish accents of ranging dialect against a harsh highland landscape with thick, low hanging clouds and steep, unforgiving rock faces. A regional-inflected score drones constantly in the background and everything, from the clothing to the hairstyles, is authentic of 11th Century Scotland. If the Bard was shown the film, he would, after gawping at the whole “moving picture” thing, no doubt give it two thumbs up (or whatever the Elizabethan equivalent was).
On the other, this is an adaptation that hasn’t been afraid to take risks. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed movie
Jeremy Irons and Brendon Gleeson have joined the cast of the in-production Assassin’s Creed film, which is being led by Michael Fassbender. Deadline report the news of the two acting talents’ additions to the cast.
We don’t know who the two are playing in the film as yet, but with the likes of Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed and these two appearing in the movie version of the video game, we’re in for a treat.
The Assassin’s Creed movie will be released in December of next year.
The post Jeremy Irons and Brendon Gleeson join the Assassin’s Creed film appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
There's some heavyweight talent aboard the Assassin's Creed film, that remains scheduled for release at the end of next year.
Based on the UbiSoft videogames, the movie is being headlined by Michael Fassbender, and already confirmed as part of the supporting cast are Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed.
Now comes the news that both Jeremy Irons and Brendon Gleeson are signing up for roles in the new movie. What those roles are? That's a good question, to which we don't have the answer at this stage.
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Irons will play Cotillard's father, while Gleeson will take on the role of Fassbender's father in the film.
The film follows the same plot premise as the games: by unlocking his genetic code, Fassbender's protagonist Callum Lynch is able to relive his ancestor's memories of jumping over buildings and stabbing people in days of yore.
Plenty of gore and action animate this post-Braveheart adaptation of the Scottish play
If Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth was essentially a witchy Manson-era horror movie, then Snowtown director Justin Kurzel’s screen rendering of “the Scottish play” is a spittle-flecked war film full of post-Braveheart mud, warpaint and Kurosawa-style heroic bloodshed. The tale is bookended by battles – faces meatily pummelled, bones crunchily broken and throats spurtingly sliced as offstage conflicts are placed centre-screen. Michael Fassbender plays the future king of Scotland as a rugged warrior coming apart at the seams, his ancient anguish apparently born of very modern post-traumatic stress. There’s a talismanic family bereavement too, which places an aching emptiness at the centre of his marriage and further bolsters his hollow-eyed descent into hell. As a result, Marion Cotillard’s Lady Macbeth is both more sympathetic and more sidelined than one might expect, no longer the driving force behind the bloody deeds, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
It’s father’s day for console game adaptation Assassin’s Creed. Which is to say that Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons have jumped aboard the film to play a pair of dads.Macbeth director Justin Kurzel has his Bard starring pair Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard back for this one, which writers Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie have adapted from the high-selling UbiSoft title. Fassbender is starring as an everyman kidnapped by a mysterious, high-tech organisation and forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors as he locates powerful artefacts. Gleeson is Fassbender’s father while Irons plays Cotillard’s pop.They join a cast that already includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed, Carlos Bardem, Javier Gutiérrez and Denis Ménochet, with Kurzel currently cranking the cameras ready for a December 30, 2016 release.Gleeson, most recently seen Stonehearst Asylum, will next crop up in Suffragette, out October 12 and »
With production already underway on the Assassin’s Creed movie, it has just been announced that two veteran actors are joining the cast.
Deadline is reporting that actors Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson are both set to to join the cast of the video game adaptation. With the story not following material from the games, both Irons and Gleeson will likely play original characters but as of yet there is no confirmation.
The duo join a cast which so far includes Michael Fassbender, who is also producing the movie, Marion Cotillard and Michael Kenneth Williams. Justin Kurzel is directing and reuniting with his Macbeth stars Fassbender and Cotillard.
Assassin’s Creed is set for release on December 21st 2016. »
- Thomas Roach
With Macbeth having just being released (read our review here), it seems like no better time than any to look at director Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard next collaboration, video game adaption Assassin’s Creed. Deadline are reporting that the cast has received incredibly impressive additions, with Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons signing on. Gleeson will play the father of Fassbender’s Callum Lynch, a man who discovers a technology that allows him to experience the life of his ancestor Aguilar in 15th century Spain, while Irons will be father to Cotillard’s as yet unknown character. Video games adaptions have usually been something to steer clear of, but the talent attached to Assassin’s Creed is really promising. Kurzel brought a striking visual style to Macbeth which would lift this movie above the rest, and the cast is impeccable. Of course, time will tell, but »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
With production already under way on Assassin's Creed, the cast is starting to fill out even more, with Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons signing on to star. Brendan Gleeson has come aboard to play the father of Marion Cotillard's character, with Jeremy Irons playing the father of Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch. They join a cast that also includes Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams, Carlos Bardem and Denis Menochet.
The story is about a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Fans got their first look at Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch back in August with the first official photo.
Justin Kurzel is directing »
Assassin’s Creed is assembling a murderer’s row of big-name talents. The latest stars to board Justin Kurzel‘s video game adaptation are Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson, joining Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Ariane Labed. Get details on the Assassins Creed Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson casting after the jump. Deadline broke news of […]
- Angie Han
Justin Kurzel is directing, with production set to begin in the early fall for a Dec. 21, 2016, release through Fox. The studio decided last September to move the project out of the 2015 summer window.
The Assassin’s Creed video game has sold over 91 million units. The film follows a man who attains the skills of a master assassin after finding out that he is a descendant of a secret society of professional killers.
Irons plays Cotillard’s father. Gleeson plays Fassbender’s father.
“Assassin’s Creed” is co-financed by RatPac and Alpha Pictures. Producers are Frank Marshall, Arnon Milchan, Jean-Julien Baronnet, Conor McCaughan, Fassbender and Pat Crowley. Ubisoft Motion Pictures developed the project and is producing with New Regency. »
- Justin Kroll
The cast of Justin Kurzel’s (Macbeth) Assassin’s Creed continues to get more and more impressive, with Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) and Jeremy Irons (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) acting as the latest additions to the video game adaptation.
As the movie is set in the same world as the Assassin’s Creed video games rather than a live-action retelling of one of them, plot details are currently scarce. We do, however, know who the two aforementioned actors will be playing. Gleeson has been cast as the father of Michael Fassbender’s character, while Irons plays the father of Marion Cotillard’s character.
In Assassin’s Creed, Lynch (Fassbender) discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills, he’s poised »
- Josh Wilding
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