As with many other video game franchises, Netflix is all-in with Assassin’s Creed with several projects currently in development for Netflix. Here’s everything we know so far about Assassin’s Creed on Netflix and keep it in your favorites as we’ll keep this great overview updated over time.
Expand 11 games, countless books and even a Hollywood blockbuster, Assassin’s Creed has been at the forefront of pop culture for over a decade.
It was back in October 2020 when Netflix officially announced that they would team up with Ubisoft (the video game publisher behind the series) for new projects within IP.
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– Netflix Portugal (@NetflixPT) October 28, 2020
While the announcement doesn’t contain too many details, we can take a look at what we know so far about Netflix’s efforts so far.
Netflix has made great strides in video game intellectual property over the past few years with a huge lineup coming up. They’ve also already teamed up with Ubisoft with the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Beyond Good and Evil, Splinter Cell and The division also.
So with all of that said, let’s dig into what we know so far.
Several Assassin’s Creeds projects are in development
We expect Assassin’s Creed to receive similar treatment on Netflix, similar to The Witcher. This show also has the main series, a spin-off, and an animated series in the works. This type of treatment was promised in the original announcement, indicating that “adaptations of live-action, animated and anime series” are underway.
In the original announcement, however, they said they did not yet have a showrunner on board. This may have changed because in April 2021 an interview said the team had “secured some talent” for the series but wanted to stress that they were taking their time on the project.
The live-action series that will spearhead Assassin’s Creed on Netflix is what comes first with the animation project stepping back to allow the studio behind it (more on them in a second) to focus on their active projects.
Who is attached to the Netflix Assassin’s Creed projects?
The two names we’ve attached to the various Assassin’s Creed projects so far are executive producers Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik.
Jason Altman is SVP, Head of Film and Television at Ubisoft, but has mainly worked in the video game world for most of his career. He took on his new role on television in January 2017. He was a producer on Mythic Quest and the To come up Werewolves inside.
Danielle Kreinik had a long career in entertainment having worked at Thunderbird Entertainment who developed Assembly required for Netflix and End of Game for Hulu. Since July 2017, she worked for Ubisoft as Head of Television Development and worked on Mythic Quest for Apple TV +.
Who is behind the Assassin’s Creed animated series
Although seemingly on the back burner, for now we know the studio behind the animated series. They are Ubisoft’s in-house studio that worked on Raving Rabbids and are currently working hard on a Far cry animated series that was announced in October 2019 and that we believed called Captain Laserhawk: Blood dragon vibe.
In the aforementioned Eurogamer interview, they said:
“These guys [the animated team] really focus on it [the other projects]. It’s not the next project looming in their pipeline but it’s still in their hands. It has not been canned.
We don’t know how long the animated series Far Cry has been in active development, nor do we know when it’s slated for release, meaning it’s nearly impossible to know when the focus will be on. Assassin’s Creed.
How lessons were learned from Michael Fassbender’s film
As we mentioned, this isn’t the first time someone has tried to bring the Assassin’s Creed franchise to the big screen and according to those working on the Netflix projects, big lessons have been learned from the 2016 film directed by Justin Kurzel distributed by 20th Century Fox.
In a wide range interview with Eurogamer in April 2021 (summary excellently by the Codex), they revealed some key elements of the film and what they learned with editor Etienne Bouvier and transmedia director Aymar Azaïzia.
About the film Azaïzia said:
“We learned a lot from the movie and we have a very strong team behind it, and I’m super optimistic and super happy for the format. I think the TV series format works best for creating an Assassin’s Creed story.
“.. you have to wrap so much stuff for newcomers in a movie – you have to deal with multiple timelines, Assassins, Templars, Isu… you have to come up with something cleaner, or you can have a TV show where you. can rhythm in a different way and take your time.
We will keep you posted on any Assassin’s Creed projects as we discover them but we also suggest that you go follow The Codex network on Twitter and their website who are dedicated to everything Assassins’ Creed.
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