Deadline is reporting that Exodus scribes Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will be penning Ubisoft’s live-action adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, which will star Michael Fassbender. We’re not exactly sure which direction the story will go in, or if it will be based solely on just the first game in the franchise, but now that writers have been signed, I’m sure it won’t be too much longer before we start receiving details on that front.
For those unfamiliar with Cooper and Collage, they’re quickly making a name for themselves in Hollywood. After dabbling in comedy for a bit (Accepted, Tower Heist), they wrote the original draft of Ridley Scott’s Exodus (which now has the stupid subtitle, Gods & Kings) and also penned a script titled The General for Darren Aronofsky. As for future projects, the duo is set to adapt the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Devil In The Grove and will also be working on the script for an earthquake pic called Shake.
In my eyes, bringing Cooper and Collage on board is another step in the right direction for what is shaping up to be a very promising video game adaptation. Between this project and Splinter Cell, it looks like Hollywood is finally starting to take films based on video games seriously. For so long now we’ve seen filmmakers take exciting gaming properties and turn them into complete duds on the big screen. Ubisoft doesn’t seem interested in that though. They’re intent on making quality adaptations and between Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell (which has Doug Liman and Tom Hardy on board), I think that the studio will have no trouble in changing the public’s perception of turning video games into films.