There once was a time when any movie or TV show based on a video game was looked down upon by fans, but those days are in the past and we've seen several leading game properties make the leap from the interactive to the non-interactive realm – and soon, there's going to be one more to add to the list.
Netflix has revealed that it is following-up the likes of The Witcher, Resident Evil, Dragon's Dogma and Castlevania with a live-action series based on Ubisoft's best-selling Assassin's Creed franchise. Assassin's Creed is no stranger to the silver screen – it was turned into a live-action movie in 2017 starring Michael Fassbender – but a full-length TV series could give the property more scope and room to breathe.
Outside of a teaser trailer, Netflix hasn't given much more in the way of detail, although it has confirmed that Ubisoft's Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as Executive Producers on the project. Described as "an epic, genre-bending live-action adaptation," the show doesn't currently possess a showrunner, but the search is apparently on.
This first series is just one part of a wider agreement between Ubisoft and Netflix to leverage the franchise. "Under the agreement, Netflix and Ubisoft will tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live-action, animated, and anime series," says the PR email.
Here's what Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television (Los Angeles) had to say about the deal:
For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise. We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe.
Peter Friedlander, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix, added:
We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for. 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.
Assassin's Creed began life in 2007, and is famous for its time-hopping gameplay which is based around freedom of movement, killing people and bugs which cause faces to mysteriously vanish. The latest instalment in the franchise is Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which sadly isn't coming to Switch. However, you can still enjoy the likes of Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Assassin's Creed III on Nintendo's system, if you so wish.