Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed has a bit of an uphill battle going for it this weekend.
It’ll be going head-to-head with Rogue One in it’s second weekend not mention the flood of other new releases that include the terribly reviewed Passengers (currently 33% on Rotten Tomatoes), A Monster Calls and the animated aninmal flick Sing. Even though the Christmas/Holiday season can be a very profitable time for box office returns, it’s possible one or two films could get overlooked.
Being a video game adaptation the quality expectations aren’t very high, so if it’s half-decent that could help create positive buzz and word of mouth for it. Video game films traditionally don’t do very well with critics or the box office Fox is banking on this breaking from previous trends.
While speaking with CinemaBlend (via Heroic Hollywood), Fassbender reveals they have mapped-out a three-film arc knowing where they could go in the next two films, that’s if the first one is successful enough that 20th Century Fox will make them.
“This is the sort of origin of his story. We have an idea of where he’s going to go over the next two films. We kind of did a three-film arc. We’ll wait and see how people respond to this, but for sure, we have an idea of where he’s going to go next.”
Fassbender is one of Fox’s biggest franchise stars between X-Men and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus/Covenant films, I’m confident they intend to give him a trilogy if this does end-up making a good amount of money along with managing to impress audiences and critics alike.
Basically, it all comes down to the film’s quality and if people actually go see it.
The trailer looks impressive and director Justin Kurzel (MacBeth) is an acclaimed filmmaker, his attention to detail in both timelines seems to be on-point along with the action sequences. Then again, trailers can be very deceptive in their presentation as we’ve learned time and time again this year.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN’S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.
In Theaters - December 21, 2016
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael K. Williams
Directed by Justin Kurzel