Sequels and remakes seem to be a major theme for the next few years in film industry. We’ve already witnessed a slew of announcements for live action Disney adaptations and the next wave of comic book movies. Set for a December 21, 2016 release, the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed” movie is a part of this movement. The trailer shows that it is bringing some sweet archery and intense parkour to the table.
Slashfilm gives some background on the video game series, “Each game puts you in control of a modern character who, through wacky science fiction nonsense that is never really explained, is able to tap into his ‘genetic memories’ and relive the lives of his ancestors. Who were assassins.”
The lead character will be played by Michael Fassbender. “The photo below offers us a look at Fassbender as Callum Lynch, the modern guy who finds himself experiencing the past life of his deadly ancestor Aguilar, a deadly assassin operating in Spain centuries earlier.”
In the trailer it appears that Lynch has been captured and hooked up to a machine that allows him to experience his ancestor’s past during the Spanish Inquisition. When he is eventually free, we see that he has learned something while being hooked up to the machine. Eurogamer adds, “Fassbender is free and now appears to have learnt how to use a bow and arrow – presumably through the Bleeding Effect. Or he just really likes Katniss from the Hunger Games.”
While Lynch might have seen “The Hunger Games” one too many times (haven’t we all), the “Assassin’s Creed” Wikia page explains the Bleeding Effect as, “a disorder wherein the genetic memories of one’s ancestors begin to blend with the sufferer’s own, real-time memories, often lending to difficulties in distinguishing between the two.” So this would make sense as to why the modern day character of Lynch can all of the sudden handle a bow and arrow as well as a medieval warrior.
Another “Creed” Wikia page informs us that “The Assassin Order used bows frequently, as they were silent, long-ranged weapons, and many individual members were known for their skill with them.” The assassins in the game need to be stealthy as well as be able to shoot from the rooftops, so bows and arrows make sense.
While some may be popping their popcorn already, The Guardian weaves a cautionary tale of video game remakes. “Video game movie adaptation. It’s a phrase likely to strike fear and dread into the heart of most gamers, and indeed most moviegoers. Street Fighter, Super Mario Brothers, Silent Hill, Hitman. All of these classic, hugely acclaimed video games have been thrust onto the big screen (or the straight-to-DVD shelves) by people whose knowledge of the source materials seems to have been passing at best.”
Will Assassin’s Creed break the mold? Its use of archery already makes it pretty cool in our books. Maybe that will be this movie’s ticket out of the video game movie graveyard.
In an interview with IGN, executive producer Pat Crowley says that the movie will not be a retelling of the video game storyline(s), but rather, it will take the principals and the world that has been established by the franchise and create new adventures with new characters based off of that. Crowley states “It’s a movie that’s based on the game, but it’s not a movie that is the game.”
Eurogamer advertises a pretty cool merch opportunity, “You can pay $1,200 for a ticket to see the Assassin’s Creed movie – and get a limited-edition replica Spanish crossbow with it.” Early Christmas present anyone?
For anyone interested in giving the video game a try, a bow and arrow is available as a playable weapon in Assassin’s Creed 3. This installment is set during the Revolutionary War and follows the main character of Connor whose quiver is a part of his look. Some gameplay shows off his skills, highlighting the character’s quick draw and ability to shoot from rooftops.
If the trailer is any indication, it looks like we’ll be seeing some pretty killer (pun intended) moves there as well! For fans of archery and Assassin’s Creed alike, check out the movie on December 21, 2016.