‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie to Reunite Michael Fassbender With ‘Macbeth’ Director
Although the 'Assassin's Creed' movie lined up star Michael Fassbender months ago, the film has been without a director ... until now. New Regency finally found its helmer, and it's someone already quite familiar with Fassbender's work: 'Macbeth'-ian Justin Kurzel.
Variety reports that New Regency, the studio behind the upcoming adaptation of 'Assassin's Creed,' has tapped Justin Kurzel to helm the project. Kurzel most recently worked with star Michael Fassbender on an adaptation of 'Macbeth,' co-starring Marion Cotillard. Kurzel also previously directed the acclaimed Australian crime drama 'The Snowtown Murders.' Apparently the studio also considered Daniel Espinosa ('Safe House') and Gareth Evans ('The Raid') to direct, but Fassbender made a convincing case for his 'Macbeth' director.
Michael Lesslie, who wrote the script for 'Macbeth,' was recently brought on 'Assassin's Creed' for a rewrite, which follows a bartender who is taken hostage by an enigmatic corporation and run through a machine called "The Animus," which allows him to relive the memories of his ancestors -- who all just happen to have been assassins -- in order to help the corporation retrieve important artifacts.
New Regency is also currently working on an adaptation of their 'Splinter Cell' video game, with Doug Liman to direct and Tom Hardy to star. No word on further casting for 'Assassin's Creed' just yet, though, but maybe Fassbender can convince them to hire Marion Cotillard while he's at it.