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Discuss: Are We On The Cusp Of A Video Game Movie Revolution?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 6, 2014 2:59 PM
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Video Game Revolution feature
If you’re sick of the wave of comic-book movies over the last few years, you’d better brace yourself: the video game movie is coming, and it’s coming for you. The end of last week saw the announcement that another attempt is being made to ramp up zombie game “Dead Island” as a movie: originally in the works with Lionsgate back in 2011, the project’s now set up at Occupant Entertainment, which is co-producing alongside the game’s creators, Deep Silver.

'Snowtown Murders' & 'Macbeth' Director Justin Kurzel Reteaming With Michael Fassbender For 'Assassin's Creed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender, Assassin's Creed
Having already forged a cinematic partnership with Steve McQueen, has Michael Fassbender found a new filmmaker to have a bromance with? It would seem so. Having just wrapped the highly anticipated "Macbeth" with "Snowtown Murders" director Justin Kurzel, Fassy is ready to reteam with him on this first solo blockbuster outing.

Rumor: Daniel Espinosa To Direct 'Assassin's Creed' Starring Michael Fassbender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 9:01 AM
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"Easy Money" director Daniel Espinosa has always made it clear that he doesn't have to direct. “I have a very easy life and a beautiful wife,” he told PopMatters in the run up to "Safe House." “I don’t need anything. I do movies because they give me something. I can walk away any time, because I am happy.” That being said, he's also never been busier, with the Tom Hardy-starring "Child 44" coming up, in addition to being linked to a small handful of projects including remake "A Gang Story" and the John Grisham adaptation "The Racketeer." Now, his name is being tossed around for what would be the biggest movie of his career.

'Independence Day 2' Moves To 2016; Summer 2015 Shuffles As 'Fantastic Four,' 'Assassin's Creed' & More Get In The Mix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2013 9:22 PM
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Better start saving your allowance, because the summer of 2015 is already looking like a clusterfuck. What's coming between the start of May and end of August that year? How about: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Tomorrowland," "Jurassic World," "Inside Out," "Ted 2," "Terminator 5," "Independence Day 2," "Batman Vs. Superman" and "Ant-Man." That not enough for you? Get ready, because even more is being added to Hollywood's bloat of 2015 ...

Ridley Scott's Moses Movie 'Exodus' Opens Dec 12th 2014, Fassbender's 'Assassin's Creed' On May 22nd 2015

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2013 9:58 AM
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We're closing on the mid-way point to the year, with several of 2013's biggest movies already in theaters, but as fast as films hit theaters, the studios nab future release dates sometimes years away, hoping to stake their claim on key territory. And last night, the release calendar just got three new additions across the next couple of years.

New Regency Pick Up 'Assassin's Creed' Movie Produced By And Starring Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2012 9:43 AM
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Even as this week's "Silent Hill: Revelations" creeps into theaters, the search for a good -- or at least watchable -- video game movie continues. But game titans Ubisoft are at least being pro-active, taking a leaf from Marvel's approach and deciding to develop and partially finance their own movies, starting with one of their own crown jewels, the "Assassin's Creed" franchise.

Discuss: Can A Good Movie Ever Be Made From A Video Game?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 11:03 AM
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After a few years that have seen studios deciding to focus on trying to make movies out of board games, it looks, from the last couple of days, as though video games are cycling back around as the hot source material. Monday saw Michael Fassbender announced as the star and producer of a film based on Ubisoft's hugely popular "Assassin's Creed" franchise, while yesterday a movie based on the long-running "Deus Ex" series was set up at CBS Films, Sony's "God Of War" film got new writers, and Dreamworks' "Need For Speed" got a firm 2014 release date.

Michael Fassbender To Star In & Produce Film Version Of 'Assassin's Creed' Video Game

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 9, 2012 8:15 AM
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The history of the video game movie has not been a glorious one. With most games being fairly heavily derivative of movies in the first place, potential adaptations have struggled to become distinctive, and low-calibre talent has generally been involved to date, bastardizing games (e.g. "Super Mario Brothers") or simply choosing the wrong ones to adapt (like the string of movies based on beat-em-ups). When the not-very-good "Doom" is pretty much the high watermark of the genre to date, you know you're in serious trouble.

Sony Turning Videogame 'Assassin's Creed' Into Movie Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 1:05 AM
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Video game to film adaptations haven't always gone over well, and arguably, there has only been one flat-out successful franchise created so far in the "Resident Evil" series of the movies. Yes, there were the "Tomb Raider" movies but after the second entry made less than the first, it faded from view (though it is getting a reboot), and let's not talk about the saga behind getting "Halo" to the big screen which now finds one of the most popular videogames of all time stuck in development hell. The true test of the potential "Silent Hill" franchise will come with the release of "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" next year, while "Hitman 2" seems to have stalled out after announcing a director more than a year ago. All this to say that launching a big-budget tentpole based on console game is a tough business (just ask Disney about "Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time"), but with a built-in audience and some ready-made mythology it's hard to resist, which is why Sony is now going to the roll the dice on one of the biggest games out there.

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