Michael Fassbender still onboard Assassin’s Creed film
Michael Fassbender is busy promoting his dramedy Frank, which has been out in Europe for several months, but is set to be released in the U.S. next week. We were able to sit down with the actor recently to discuss his role as an eccentric musician in the film. During the course of our conversation, we touched on the progress he’s making with the oft-discussed Assassin’s Creed movie, which he will both produce and star in.
Some recent rumors suggested that Fassbender, unhappy with the script, had departed the project. The actor was quick to squash that idea and assured that they are actively moving forward.
"I know, I love these rumors!" he exclaimed. "It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe."
One big question that fans have had is how much of the film will remain faithful to the game and how much will be an original story. The actor hopes to strike a balance that serves both the source material and the film.
"You know, we absolutely want to respect the game," Fassbender said. "There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, "This is so rich," and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package."
Justin Kurzel, who Fassbender has collaborated with previously, was attached to helm the film in April. When asked what he felt the director would bring to the project, Fassbender said, “I just think that there’s one thing Justin should be doing, and that’s directing. I know that from working with him on Macbeth. He’s just fantastic in terms of his vision. Adam, the DP that he works with, is amazing. They’ve got a great shorthand — that’s essential. He’s fantastic with actors and each department. He’s a real heavyweight.”
Michael Fassbender performing as ‘Frank’