I always wondered why Ubisoft decided to make an Assassin’s Creed movie and not a series. I get it, budgets, but I felt the storytelling was better suited for the TV format. It looks like we are about to find out.
Netflix announced today that they are partnering with Ubisoft to develop programming based on the hit video game franchise. Note my use of words there, this is only the beginning. They will start with a “genre bending” live action series. Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as Executive Producers. The search is underway for a showrunner (Noah Hawley, anyone?)
Beyond that, the press release also mentions the likelihood of future animated and anime projects. This statement from Ubisoft kind of says it all:
“For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise,” said Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television – Los Angeles. “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.”
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” added Peter Friedlander, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix. “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.”
I could not be more excited for this partnership. More on this as it develops.
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