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Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2013

Michael Fassbender’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ film gets a writer

New Regency and Ubisoft have tapped up-and-coming Brit writer Michael Lesslie to adapt the video game Assassin’s Creed for the big screen.

Photo/20th Century FOX

Photo/20th Century FOX

“Prometheus” and “Shame” star Michael Fassbender is attached to the film and considered a hot property given the appeal of the video game, which has sold 40 million units and is Ubisoft’s top-selling franchise, reports THR.

Lesslie, an acclaimed English playwright, wrote Prince of Denmark, which was performed at the National Theatre in 2012. He also has penned a number of short films including last year’s Skirt, directed by Amanda Boyle.

We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years,” said Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer at New Regency, said in a press release announcing the partnership with Ubisoft. “Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible.”

“Assassin’s Creed” was supposed to start filming over the summer but will likely be moved back. A 2014 release date seems the best c

IMDB synopsis: A bartender is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors — all of them assassins — and retrieve ancient artifacts.

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