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Netflix Developing "Assassin's Creed" Live-Action Series


Netflix has been working to build niches in their content. They have a surprising amount of original anime they have worked on and are working on. And another genre they seem to be taking a stab at is video game adaptations. They already are set to develop a live-action Resident Evil series along with two more projects from Ubisoft. The first is a film adaptation of The Division which still is set to star Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. The second is an anime series based on the Splinter Cell franchise. Now Netflix will pull a hate trick with Ubisoft and develop a live-action series of another one of their properties. The long-running Assassin's Creed franchise.

Set to be the first part of a lucrative deal between Netflix and Ubisoft, the series will have Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik as executive producers, most likely to make a more accurate take on the series after the less-than-prestigous 2016 film adaptation (Starring Michael Fassbender) that was negatively received and was a box office flop ($240 million on a $125 million budget). The plan is to develop further content on this franchise after the live-action series is worked on. No showrunners have been announced and are currently being sought.

The basic premise of the long-running game franchise, which started in 2007, deals with an invisible war between Assassins and Templar Knights who have fought since the beginning of time to possess powerful artifacts known as "Pieces of Eden". From the perspective of the player in the present, it is possible to live through various Assassins' lives in various countries and time periods due to a machine called the Animus, which adds a science fiction element. The question is, while everything is permitted, will this deal permit quality media? Stay tuned!

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