Netflix has signed an expansive deal with video game company Ubisoft to tackle content based on the hit Assassin’s Creed game franchise.
The streaming giant announced a plan to craft Assassin’s Creed series adaptations in the live-action, animated and anime realms. The live-action series will be the first to go into development, the streamer calling it “an epic, genre-bending live action adaptation.”
Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as Executive Producers on the live-action show, with a search currently on for its showrunner.
“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.”
Said Peter Friedlander, Vice President of Netflix Original Series: “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.”
As of now , it seems there will be no connection to the 2016 film adaptation, Assassin’s Creed, which had Michael Fassbender in the lead role and was directed by Aussie helmer Justin Kurzel. The film wasn’t well received and made a small profit, earning $240 million worldwide from a $125 million budget (which is generally doubled when taking into account a tentpole film’s marketing and distribution costs).
The Assassin’s Creed video game series has sold more than 155 million copies worldwide. Apart from games across a number of platforms, the brand has branched into various other media, including comics, books and board games.