A late Friday announcement has revealed that Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed will be coming to the big screen on Memorial Day, May 22, in 2015. Previously, we learned that Michael Fassbender would both be starring an co-producing the game-gone-movie and that filming was aimed to begin this summer. Not much else is known, the project doesn't even have a director yet, but the reality of this movie's existence is quite apparent.
Assassin's Creed is being made by Ubisoft's newly formed studio, formed only in January, Ubisoft Motion Pictures in conjunction with 20th Century Fox. UMP is also in the process of kicking off production of Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon movies. With this release announcement, Assassin's Creed appears to have taken the lead in development.
However, it should be noted that Ubisoft could be playing a very risky game with the Assassin's Creed movie. There's no argument that Memorial Day is one of the biggest weekends for movies in the year, but dear me there is going to be huge competition. Launching three weeks earlier will be Avengers 2, sequel to the highest grossing movie ever. Also expected to launch in the weeks prior to Memorial Day? The next Star Wars movie. Let's hope everyone wants to see a few movies on Memorial Day.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will be launching this fall, which should help us measure just how excited gamers still are about the Assassin's Creed franchise. Or will the success of the game going into 2015 even matter considering its overall success to date? Time will tell.