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Assassin’s Creed Movie Coming Soon & the Future of Video Game Adaptations

The Assassin’s Creed trailer has dropped on Wednesday, May 11th and has received over 900,00 views so far with a fairly positive amount of likes. What makes this film differ from the games is that this is an original story set in the same universe as the story in the game instead of based on the story that has happened so far. Starring Michael Fassbender playing the character Callum Lynch set in 15th century Spain during the inquisition with Sci-fi elements that allow his character to tap into the memories of this time period. This movie is set to release sometime this year.
But let’s also take this to talk about Video-Game Adaptations. For over 2 decades Hollywood had made several attempts to create films based on a video game, whether it’s based on or around the topic. As history has shown, most are not good films, they’re either so bad its good (like Super Mario Bros. The Movie, Street Fighter the movie and Tekken: Blood Vengeance), just bad (The King of Fighters) or at best it’s ok (Which is code for a good video game adaptation, like Mortal Kombat, but not a great movie). There are actually good ones like Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist that did a show on how to create a good adaptation and actually be considered a great movie, but it’s not a Hollywood release and this was mostly independent. A few weeks ago we just had the release of the Ratchet & Clank movie based on the game with the same name, but with poor reviews, which is not new to the genre. With Assassin’s Creed being set to release and the upcoming Warcraft there might be a chance that either one (or both) could break that barrier and considered a great movie overall especially since the director of Warcraft (Duncan Jones) stated that he wants this to be a “great movie”. All we have a hope that this can be broken; it has worked for comic book films, remember it years for the genre to be taken seriously and we can thank Tim Burton and Richard Donner for the Batman (1 & 2) and Superman (1 & 2), Blade, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy and last, Marvel Studios itself showing the world that comic book movies can be complex, compelling and fun.

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