The Assassin’s Creed movie will feel pretty familiar to anyone who has played the games, with the story reportedly divided into two branches. One part will focus on the exploits of the assassins, while the other takes place in the modern day.
Many people consider the present day aspect boring because players don’t actually do anything; these sequences are simply used as a device for exposition, which often slows the pace down to a crawl. Unfortunately, it sounds like the movie is going to primarily focus on present day, rather than the actual assassin aspect in 15th Century Spain.
While speaking to IGN, executive producer Pat Crowley revealed the movie will be split about 65/35, with 65 percent taking place in present day. That’s certainly not what we expected, especially considering the recent trailer mostly featured footage of Michael Fassbender stealthily murdering people.
“This isn’t a video game that we’re making,” Crowley explained. “We’re trying to make a cinematic experience, so there are new things that we have to introduce.”
Fair enough. Whatever these “new things” are, hopefully they’re entertaining. I don’t think anyone will have complaints about the film’s emphasis on present day if it’s fun and interesting. However, if it’s mostly just used to explain what’s going on, Assassin’s Creed could potentially be quite boring.
We’ll find out when the film comes out on Dec. 21, 2016.