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In The Works: Herzog's School Shooting Drama 'Vernon God Little,' Fassbender's Ubisoft 'Assassin's Creed' Teams with New Regency

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2012 at 1:48PM

- Werner Herzog is set to direct "Vernon God Little," an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre's novel penned by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume"). The coming of age story, set in Texas, follows a teenager who is caught up in the aftermath of a shooting at his high-school committed by his best friend...
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- Werner Herzog is set to direct "Vernon God Little," an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre's novel penned by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume"). The coming of age story, set in Texas, follows a teenager who is caught up in the aftermath of a shooting at his high-school committed by his best friend. This was the last project set up by the late producer Bernd Eichinger, and will be taken over by his wife, Katja Eichinger and Stefan Arndt.

- The previously announced big screen adaptation of the "Assassin's Creed" video games, with Michael Fassbender attached, announces the partnering of Ubisoft and New Regency. The screenplay is being developed and the project is being fast-tracked with Ubisoft maintaining control of the film's creative elements. Ubisoft's Jean-Julien Baronnet says bringing on New Regency "ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”

The game, first introduced in 2007, centers on Desmond Miles, a bartender who is kidnapped and forced by a corporation to use the Animus machine to relive memories of his ancestor, Altair, who was an assassin during the Crusades in the middle east. Follow-up games place him in 14th century Italy and colonial America at the end of the 18th century.

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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.