Netflix have announced that a live-action television series adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game franchise Assassin’s Creed is in development at the streamer.
The announcement comes as part of content between Netflix and Ubisoft, which means the streamer will develop live-action, animated and anime series based on the video game franchise. The live-action series has Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik attached as executive producers, with the duo now beginning the search to find a showrunner.
Peter Friedlander, Vice President of Original Series at Netflix, released a statement saying:
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.
Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television at Los Angeles, released a statement saying:
For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise. 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.
Assassin’s Creed depicts a fictional millennia-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through order and control. Since the first game launched back in 2007, the franchise has sold more than 155m games worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling video game series in history.
Due to its popularity, then came the film adaptation in 2016 from 20th Century Fox, which was directed by Justin Kurzel and starred Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Iron and Brendan Gleeson. The film was made for a $125m budget and earned $240m worldwide at the box office.
It will be interesting to see how this live-action series develops.