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In the Works: 'Assassin's Creed,' Reddit's 'Rome, Sweet Rome' and Warner Bros' Sci-Fi 'Odyssey' Get Writers

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 15, 2013 at 12:29PM

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency...
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Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency. The video game narrative centers on a bartender who is sent back in time to relive the fates of his ancestors, all of them assassins.

- In 2011, fanatical Reddit commenter and Jeopardy winner James Erwin started an elaborate thread on whether a modern U.S. Marine infantry batallion could defeat the Roman empire. In October of that year, Warner Bros. optioned the rights to the series, "Rome, Sweet Rome." Now this Reddit-turned-studio project has found a writer in Brian Miller, the man behind found-footage sci-fi film "Apollo 18." Erwin reportedly turned in a script himself, but it was not to the studio's liking.

- Warner Bros. is also developing a sci-fi version of Homer's "The Odyssey." Newcomer James DiLapo, who pitched the idea, is set to pen the script.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.