As reported by ComicBook, Netflix today announced a new live-action series based on the popular gaming franchise Assassin’s Creed from Ubisoft. In addition to an extremely brief teaser image, Netflix revealed that Ubisoft’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as executive producers on the new endeavor. Further details are sparse at the moment, but the fact that it’s in development at all is exciting.
“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.”
Netflix will be developing an Assassin's Creed live-action series. @Ubisofts's Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as Executive Producers
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) October 27, 2020
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said 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.”
The Assassin’s Creed series is an award-winning video game series that currently consists of eleven main games, seventeen spin-off games, and several novelizations. As of 2019, the series has sold over 140 million copies. The franchise also produced a 2016 film adaptation starring Michael Fassbender, which grossed $240.9 million worldwide. Unfortunately, as with most video-game-to-movie adaptations, the movie is cursed with an average rating of 3.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and a 36/100 on Metacritic.
This doesn’t bode well for the new live-action adaptation. While Netflix has produced some excellent content, it has also brought us live-action adaptations of beloved anime such as Death Note and Full Metal Alchemist, all of which were severe disappointments of The Last Airbender scale.
I can only hope they give Assassin’s Creed the proper series it deserves. Netflix and Ubisoft owe it to the fans to deliver a series of The Mandalorian caliber.
While we don’t have a time frame for when the series might be released on Netflix, fans don’t have to wait very long for new Assassin’s Creed content. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latest and greatest in the gaming franchise, is set to release on November 10th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC. It will also release for the PlayStation 5 when the console releases on November 12th.
As always, stay geeky, my friends!