By: John M Jerva
If you were one of the many that didn’t care much for the Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender, then you’re in luck as Netflix’s partnership with Ubisoft is developing a live action series based on the best selling video game. Deadline announced the story today which will broaden the scope of the game in a thrilling series that will have the sweeping landscapes and action that the game is known for.
Per Deadline: Netflix is looking to build an Assassin’s Creed TV universe. The streamer has entered into a content agreement with Ubisoft to develop live-action, animated, and anime series based on the international best-selling video game franchise.
The first series in development is an epic, genre-bending live-action adaptation. The series, executive produced by Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik, is looking for a showrunner.
I for one, did enjoy the film mistakes and all but I feel that this will serve the franchise better in the long run as it will be able to tackle the large narrative scope of the game and broaden it for fans that have been dying for a more faithful representation on the screen.
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creedis beloved for,” Peter Friedlander, VP, Original Series, Netflix stated in the article. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”
Since it’s premiere in 2007, Assassin’s Creed has gone on to sell more than 155 million games worldwide and us one of the most popular game franchises ever. There have been many games released since its inaugural one and it is one of the most thrilling ones to play.
Synopsis via Wikipedia: The Assassin’s Creed games primarily revolve around the rivalry and conflict between two ancient secret societies – the Assassins, who represent freedom, and the Knights Templar, who represent order. Versions of these societies have existed for centuries, with the Assassins seeking to stop the Templars from gaining control of “Pieces of Eden”, artifacts that are capable of overriding free will to control people.
These artifacts are remnants of an ancient species pre-dating humanity called the Isu, or Precursors, which created humanity to live in peace alongside them. The Isu ensured humans could not rise against them by creating the Pieces of Eden to control them. When the first hybrid Isu-human beings emerged, named Adam and Eve, they were immune to the effects of the Pieces of Eden. They stole the Pieces of Eden, which led to a great war that ended when a massive solar flare devastated the surface of the Earth. The Isu began to die out while humanity thrived. Three Isu attempted to prepare humanity for a future solar flare they knew would come centuries in the future: Minerva, Juno, and Jupiter. Minerva and Jupiter prepared vaults, from which humanity could activate a protective shield around Earth with the Pieces of Eden, and the Eye, a means to communicate how to find and use these vaults to the future. Juno, however, saw humanity as a threat and attempted to sabotage Minerva and Jupiter’s plan. Minerva and Jupiter were forced to destroy Juno, unaware she had hidden her consciousness to wake upon activation of the Eye. All that remained of the Isu were the traces of their memories in the world’s mythologies and religions, the Pieces of Eden lost to time.
The series itself takes place in the modern era, in which the Templars have established the mega-cooperation Abstergo Industries. Abstergo has developed a device called the Animus that allows its user to relive the memories of their ancestors through their genetic material. Abstergo has kidnapped people who are descendants of past Assassins to locate the missing Pieces of Eden via the Animus. A user of the Animus is able to move about in simulated memories as their ancestor, but performing actions outside the bounds of what their ancestor did can lead to “desynchronization” of the memory. Further, extended use of the Animus creates a “bleeding effect” that gives the user some of the skills and capabilities they experienced with their ancestor.
Netflix clearly has multiple plot lines from the games that they can take from so I’m thinking that the initial series will honor the origins of the game. If the show goes on longer, they will obviously either use other timelines or come up with original ideas as well.
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