There is a lot of nervousness and anticipation for the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, both from fans and those in the industry. While video game movies have yet to really click at the box office, many industry experts are predicting that Assassin's Creed will change the game, due to its massive popularity as a video game and its ubiquitous star, Michael Fassbender. If it does, indeed, 'change the game', that means that another source for films opens up for the studios and producers.
'Assassin's Creed' is still currently in development, with screenwriter Michael Lesslie working on adapting the screenplay for the movie. While Lesslie doesn't have any previous released credits, New Regency Films is banking a lot on this film and making sure that everything falls into place correctly.
Fans are now getting impatient about the progress of the film, and many are wondering if it's been stalled. After all, video game adaptations have traditionally never performed at the box office, and this might not be an exception.
However, Latino Post recently dug up something that could show that not only has the film gone into into accelerated development, but that it might already be in pre-production. They show a leaked image from Ubisoft with a title showing 'Rising Phoenix' under Assassin's Creed. The report argues that it's unlikely that this is the title of another console video game, but it's more likely the title of the upcoming movie. The image seems to be from Ubisoft Digital Arts, which is Ubisoft's cinema creation studio. The reports argues that this means that the title is related to the film, not to the video games.
While it's certainly possible, right now, it doesn't seem probable. The film still doesn't have a release date, and it may seem premature to come up with a title before you have a finalized script. Either way, we'll know about the film soon enough because Michael Fassbender's schedule is starting to pile up, and if he decides to stay on this film, he'll have to shoot it within the next few years or so.