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. 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.