Behind the massive walls of this streaming giant, deals are taking place with Ubisoft to help bring the world of Assassin’s Creed to the small screen. Currently, Netflix is in the process of developing a live-action Assassin’s Creed, which will act as the very first of a myriad of Assassin’s Creed series for a planned, extended universe.
This news comes to us just two weeks before the release of the long-anticipated Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which will be the 12th major release for the video game franchise, which started more than 13 years ago. As for Netflix, this will be the second major video game franchise to create a series.
According to other recent news, Resident Evil is finding its way into the realm of expanded universe titles.
Just this past Tuesday, Netflix and Ubisoft announced that they will be creating a live-action series, an animated series, and even an anime series. Fans believe the reason for multiple incarnations of the show is that the Assassin’s Creed universe is too complex for one live-action series.
As of now, neither Netflix nor Ubisoft have revealed any details of the plot, creating a bit of hesitance as to how the live-action show will be able to tackle the complex Assassin’s Creed tales. Even more puzzling is that the live-action Assassin’s Creed series does not have a showrunner. The absence of a showrunner makes it even more difficult to discern what type of aesthetic influences or narratives might be brought to the show.
There is no question why Netflix pounced on the Assassin’s Creed opportunity. For starters, the series sits at one of the most popular intersections of streaming content. It provides the intriguing qualities of science fiction with an all-powerful group of shadow-masked Templars looking to take over the world with the epic fantasy elements that made The Witcher such an incredibly popular series.
Who wouldn’t want to spend ten hours binge-watching something like that?
As Netflix continues to adapt the live-action series to the animated and anime series, they will tap into even more of the Netflix viewership, allowing them to expand on the universe found in the games and bring multiple stories to the screen.
As there have not been any details regarding the live-action show or its plots, fans doubt that the series will have any ties to the live-action Assassin’s Creed film, which came out back in 2016, starring Michael Fassbender, Arian Labed, Jeremy Irons, and Marion Cotillard.
With more than 12 games to pick narratives from and the slim chance that Netflix will pick from any of those A-list actors for its own uses, it is more likely that we will see a completely new adaptation of the story.
The original film from Justin Kurzel cost $125 million to make and only came away with $54.6 million domestic and $186 million international. It was more of a subtle cult hit than a box-office smash. With this in mind, as well as the major fanbase that the game has accrued over the years, Netflix may have a good chance at creating the Assassin’s Creed we have always dreamed of.