Assassin’s Creed is one of the rare video game franchises that gets better with age. 2018’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey was one of the games of the year. It was also the first game in the franchise that I enjoyed playing. Odyssey was one of my favorite games of the past decade. Now with the release of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla only a few weeks away, another major development in the franchise history has been announced. That’s right, Assassin’s Creed is coming to Netflix with a live-action television series adaptation.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla | Image via Ubisoft
Perhaps Netflix was inspired by the critical success of their last video game to television adaptation in the form of The Witcher. Assassin’s Creed is another franchise that has deep lore and history that should lend itself well to a television series. Let’s dig into this news and see what the live-action adaptation of Assassin’s Creed on Netflix will look like.
Assassin’s Creed Is Coming To Netflix For A Live-Action Adaptation
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Netflix announced the news about the live-action Assassin’s Creed adaptation with this short teaser posted to Twitter. It doesn’t really tell us much. It just shows some fun imagery of the famous Assassin’s Creed symbol merging with the Netflix logo. However Deadline reports that the streaming network is joining forces with Ubisoft “to develop live-action, animated, and anime series.”
This sounds similar to what Netflix is doing with The Witcher, as there is also a couple of animated features based on that series coming soon. The live-action Assassin’s Creed series sounds like it will be the focus of the collaboration. The animated series are likely to fill in the gaps about the Assassin’s Creed history and mythology. The Assassin’s Creed series for Netflix promises to be an “epic, genre-bending live-action adaptation.
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” says Peter Friedlander from Netflix. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”
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This is Not the First Assassin’s Creed Adaptation
Of course this is not the first time that Assassin’s Creed has seen a live-action adaptation. There was a 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender that has an abject score of 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. Part of the issue with the film may have been that the story did not draw from any of the video games. Despite an A-List cast, the film suffered from a weak script, and too many deviations from the Assassin’s Creed lore.
So the question is really whether Netflix will learn a lesson from the movie, and focus on adapting storylines from the games. And if so, where will they begin? There is a long history to the Assassin’s Creed franchise that gives a diverse multitude of storylines, settings, protagonists, and historical periods to choose from. Check out our exploration of Assassin’s Creed lore and some of the games that we think would be awesome to see on-screen.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.