Assassin’s Creed executive producer Pat Crowley stated while speaking with IGN that the movie adaptation of the popular video game will be set mostly in present time rather than in the past. He revealed that the film would be 65% in the present day and 35% in the past (15th century Spain).
The Assassin’s Creed game, which was released by Ubisoft originally in 2007 and has had installments up to the current day, was focused primarily in past so much so that the story line for the modern day wasn’t nearly as prevalent, so the film will likely elaborate on what is going on in current times. Speaking on that to IGN, Michael Fassbender, the actor in charge of playing Callum Lynch, the present day criminal and Aguilar (the assassin antecedent) said:
“There are certain things that we absolutely want to respect in the game, but we also want to bring new elements to the game […] This isn’t a video game that we’re making. We’re trying to make a cinematic experience, so there are new things that we have to introduce.”
This is undeniably a bold move on behalf of the cast and crew, however it will likely be able to shed light on the underlying story arc of present times that the games have not yet done. I personally am excited to see where the film ends up taking us on this nearly decade long journey of Assassin’s creed. I don’t expect it all to happen in one movie, but I’m sure that many questions (that we’ve all had playing the games) will finally be answered. The film is set to hit theaters December 21st, 2016!