One of the better and more popular recent video game franchises has finally been snatched up for a feature film adaptation. No, not Modern Warfare. (That'll probably never happen.) It's Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's freerunning period sci-fi spectacular about a hired killer who takes down vast conspiracy. In the sequels, he takes down the Pope himself. Catholics aren't in the target demographic, apparently.
Variety reports that Sony, who also have the rights to the mega-successful Uncharted franchise, are finalizing a deal to acquire the rights to Assassin's Creed. Apparently they beat Universal Pictures in a bidding war. It's a popular title but a very weird storyline which isn't necessarily going to translate very well to film. Desmond Miles is kidnapped by a shadowy corporation which unlock his genetic memories of being other, infinitely more interesting characters hundreds of the years in the past, who uncover a secret dating back to the dawn of man, revealing the true reason why religion and politics have been robbing humanity of their free will for millennia.
Cool? Yes. Easy to structure as a feature film? Not hardly. We wait with baited breath to see who Sony gets to adapt Assassin's Creed into a screenplay. Also, if the name "Paul W.S. Anderson" comes anywhere near this project, we're done. Seriously done. Might quit the business altogether. You've been warned, Sony. You'll miss our caustic commentary in the long run.
CraveOnline will return with more Assassin's Creed news after we sit on this bench for a while.