Assassin's Creed film releasing next year

The film adaptation of Assassin's Creed is expected to release to theaters next year, Ubisoft's chief sales and marketing officer Geoffroy Sardin told GamesIndustry.biz.

According to Sardin, the film is to release in "the next coming year," as part of Ubisoft's continued push into transmedia brands.

"Another thing that is very important for the lifecycle is the transmedia offer," said Sardin, describing the future of the Assassin's Creed franchise. "All the figurines, the books, the publishing, and we have a movie in the next coming year. So it's not only about games, we are talking about a global brand, and this is the life cycle management we want to set up now."

Earlier last month, Ubisoft announced it would be partnering with production company New Regency and distributor 20th Century Fox to bring the film to life, with screenplay development beginning immediately. The film is in development by the film and television branch of Ubisoft, Ubisoft Motion pictures, which will maintain creative control over its production while New Regency offers financial aid and 20th Century Fox distributes the title.

Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Shame) will star in the film as modern-day protagonist Desmond Miles.

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