Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed film will “respect the game”

Edward Kenway: Fassbender has the right sort of beard for him.

Recent rumours had it that Michael Fassbender had walked away from Assassin’s Creed’s Hollywood adaptation. But the series has a history of reluctant heroes, and Fassbender now seems wholly committed to the cause.

“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game,” said The Last Fassbender. “There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t.”

Fassbender will meet with the film’s writing team when he next returns to Europe.

“We’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game,” he told IGN. “We want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game.”

Fassbender wasn’t familiar with the series until he received his crash course from Ubisoft, but now enthuses about DNA memory – a “very feasible scientific theory”.

“I just thought, ‘This is so rich,’ and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience,” he said. “So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting original package.”

Here’s the thing, Fass: none of us think the Animus is prescient sci-fi – it’s just a silly dentist’s chair that lets us be pirates. And you’ll need to drop all this enthusiasm to get into character as Altair or Connor. Unless, of course, you’re playing Edward Kenway. Please be playing Edward Kenway.

Fassbender has already worked with attached director Justin Kurzel on an as-yet-unreleased version of Macbeth. Assassin’s Creed: Da Movie will be out in 2015, or just as soon as somebody writes it. How high are your hopes for it, on a scale of Havana Cathedral to Notre Dame?

Ubisoft announced a return to piracy inAssassin’s Creed: Roguejust the other day.