Released in 2016, Assassin’s Creed: The Movie is a dystopian action film based on Ubisoft’s titular video game of the same name. The live-action adaptation was produced and starred by Michael Fassbender. He portrayed two characters: Aguilar de Nerha, a 15th-century assassin, and Callum Lynch, his modern-day descendant.
The film received mixed criticisms both from avid fans and movie reviewers. The success of the franchise paved the way for a big-screen deal. However, critics went hard and mauled the film, calling it bland and turgid. It had a lot of potentials, though, and here are five reasons why it deserves another shot:
Continued Release Of New Games
New games are being released and that is why the video game franchise is fairly in demand. Capitalizing on this can bring another shot for a movie deal. While the movie presented Aguilar’s origin story, a new version could focus on a different story arc. There are more than 20 installments and numerous spin-offs to the game that the film creator and the team can take inspiration from.
Exploration Of A New Historical Setting
Game designers have created a magnificent fantasy world that explored the 14th to 17th centuries. Each game takes place in different eras and places which gives the movie a lot of choices. Movies like Assassin’s Creed highly depend on world-building and the creative team needs to work on that. It serves as the foundation of the entire film and even for the succeeding future installments.
Cast, Costumes, And Cinematography
With the outstanding cast starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and Ariane Labed, the next movie will have a stronger chance of appealing to the viewers. With a better plot and scriptwriting, each of these important characters will come to life and bring to the audience the kind of adaptation film they deserve.
Redeeming Creative Qualities
There is a whole world of possibilities that the creators can explore in the Assassin’s Creed universe. The movie solely relied on switching between two different worlds, the Renaissance world, and the Modern world. Perhaps this storyline can be ruled out and mainly focus on a specific timeline or a certain character living in the world of assassins.
Constant Expansion Of The Franchise
New game installments mean new themes and settings. From Norse mythology, Italian Renaissance, French Revolution, and the swashbuckling adventures, the movie will never fall short of inspiration when it comes to these source materials. That is the beauty of familiarizing oneself with the game-play and its history. This will allow the creators to see the future of the franchise through the lens of a movie camera.
The Spanish Inquisition scene was introduced in the movie as a new concept hence a clean slate. It was, however, not fully established in the film. It simply transported the audience to the middle of a war without any admonition. This could be taken as an example to create and explore uncharted terrains that the characters could occupy and build a new world on.