Netflix entering the Animus with live-action Assassin's Creed TV series & more

Brenda Watkins
October 28, 2020

Video game adaptations, in general, have been mixed bags (The Witcher being no exception to this); an Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender released in 2016 was nearly universally panned.

Right now, not too much.

Netflix's NX account on Twitter announced the news this morning, alongside a quick teaser trailer. Beyond that, it's unclear what the live-action series - or any of the other series that are in the works - are about. Late past year, the Henry Cavill-led Netflix adaptation of the fantasy novels The Witcher, which were popularized in the USA by a best-selling video game series, found resounding success: the streamer said the series was watched by 76 million households in its first four weeks on the service, putting it on track to be Netflix's biggest Season One release ever. The streaming service is now looking for a showrunner for the "genre-bending" live-action adaptation. The TV show does not now have a title or a showrunner, but Ubisoft Film & Television head Jason Altman and director Danielle Kreinik will executive produce the project. The extent of Ubisoft's involvement in the project is somewhat unclear; the executive producer role is far-ranging and can vary from simple budgetary concerns through to being actively involved in the creative decision-making process.

The video game series has since spawned various sequels set during different periods of history, with the newest installment, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, due to take place in 873 AD, and recount a fictional story of the Viking invasion of Britain.

This is also not the first project Ubisoft has announced with Netflix in recent months.

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Netflix quote: "We're excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin's Creed is beloved for", said Peter Friedlander, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix. The show is now looking for a showrunner, so it may not come to fruition for some time. And now, through their deal with Netflix, they've got a whole Assassin's Creed multimedia universe.

Assassin's Creed has remained one of the most popular AAA franchises since its inception in 2007. The most well-known protagonist of the series, Desmond Miles, used the Animus to explore the memories of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. It would make some sense for the story to revolve around him and his travels through Renaissance-era Europe.

We hope it doesn't follow the same sad fate reserved for the 2016 movie, but that, on the contrary, it has the same success as another great Netflix series, The Witcher!

With so many options available, it's impossible to say for certain what the setting of the newest Netflix adaptation series will be. The show will serve as the first, providing fans with "an epic, genre-bending live action adaptation".

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