We could be lucky in the next week to have the first game that converts successfully to a movie.
The trailers for Assassin’s Creed actually screams success not failure for once… this actually is, on one hand, kind of worrying as it as it means it could be a bait and switch to the scale of Aliens: Colonial Marines…
… but if not, what is making me confident about success on this?
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NOTE: This is based off the Assassin’s Creed Trailers and what I’m aware of the Universe based off the games up until Assassin’s Creed 3.
I think that this is a key; rehashing the same story as the original 1, 2 and 3 would actually patronise gamers and leave very little room for surprises. A movie goer wants to be surprised and using the same story as the game not a good idea.
This suggests that the goal is a movie for everyone; not just a homage to the fans, not just a way of getting to people who have never heard of AC (not likely) but a fully fledged story.
The Rules are the Same
The idea that you can learn from the memories still rings true from the trailers; the Abstergo are trying to learn from the memories of the character while that character is learning.
The smart move in the game is that they can’t directly access the memory from the word go and is locked behind a series of other memories… otherwise it would be a really boring game; this would work for films.
At the same time the way the new character enters the Animus is similar to how Desmond enters in Assassin’s Creed 2 and 3 (needle in the body). OK the full 360 arm rig is new however it is a logical step considering that including the body as well as the mind removes the disconnect between mind and body.
This is cannon that is highly effective and better than everything pre-Desmond death.
The Concept Works for BOTH Game and Movie
Assassin’s Creed is all about the flashbacks; the idea that you can live in the year 2000 but live through past ancestors’ lives. You can’t change the story as memories and history is fixed; Altair, Ezio, Edward and Ratonhhake lived certain live and you can do nothing to change it.
A movie is effectively the equivalent of a 100% sync run-through any player is looking for. At the same time, because it’s flashbacks, they can skip large portions of time and get away with it in a way they couldn’t with conventional stories.
It’s Simple Enough to Know
OK I’m expecting the history of the Assassin’s Creed Universe to slip in at some point but from the trailers it feels like they are hinting at it saying that all other “Assassins” are dead meaning that the past will be irrelevant.
What I will not be expecting, therefore, is a 10 minute catch up at the start, middle or even end.
This series can be show not tell because of the way it can be shown with a strong visual (the cutting between what Callum is seeing and what is going on in the real world in the trailers).
Assassin’s Creed the Movie could be the perfect storm of Director, Actor and Source Material EVER possible; they could work together to form the best game-movie ever…
…or it could be another game to movie disaster… could happen.