Odyssey is Assassin's Creed at its best

A lot of popular historical fiction—the type we see in games and movies and television—is full of shit. We’re so used to it being full of shit that, when Assassin’s Creed Odyssey opens during the Battle of Thermopylae, which, because it’s set in ancient Greece, is apparently obligatory, the player is mentally prepared…

Assassin’s Creed Origins acknowledges and abandons the series’ mistakes

Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, the hero of the first Assassin’s Creed, was missing a finger. It was a traditional hallmark of the members of his order, but it only took until the very next installment in the series for someone to realize that this was a purposeless and highly conspicuous mutilation, making it a massive handicap…

Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) HBO Now in September

As the days grow incrementally cooler and shorter, it’s time once more to prepare for the big TV harvest. Hulu and Amazon Prime’s crops include new seasons of One Mississippi, Transparent, and The Mindy Project, as well as a whole lot of movies you probably should have seen by now. Now it’s HBO’s turn to reveal the…

Castlevania’s Adi Shankar is also developing an Assassin’s Creed animated series

His Castlevania series on Netflix hasn’t even premiered yet, but that show already looks like it’s heralding a return to legitimacy for copyright-flaunting producer Adi Shankar—who was one of the people behind unsanctioned shorts like The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth In Journalism, and Power/Rangers. Now,…

Weekend Box Office: Rogue One continues to soar as Assassin’s Creed falls flat

The only surprises this holiday weekend probably came in the form of your family’s gift exchanges, as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story handily beat the box-office competition. Gareth Edwards’ standalone film continued to dominate in what was only its second weekend in wide release, raking in $64,377,000. That 3-day take…

What the hell are Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard doing in Assassin’s Creed?

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Assassin’s Creed seems to be the result of a miscommunication. A video game adaptation that looks like perfect January-movie fodder for Sony’s Screen Gems division has instead been produced as a holiday-released reunion of Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel, with Jeremy…

Final Assassin’s Creed trailer suggests the movie won’t hide from the games’ lore

The ongoing mythology in the Assassin’s Creed video games is, to put it mildly, bonkers. Oh, it may seem like it’s a relatively straightforward story about people stabbing other people throughout history, but there’s a whole present-day angle to it that the trailers for the movie version have wisely highlighted (so as…

On second thought, Ubisoft is okay with the Assassin’s Creed movie being good

With Assassin’s Creed set to gracefully swan dive into movie theaters this winter, one might assume Ubisoft, creator of the game franchise, is excited to be associated with what might possibly be the first video-game-to-film adaptation that doesn’t stink. Or, failing that, the company would embrace box-office profits…

A behind-the-scenes look at Assassin’s Creed suggests the stabbing isn’t real

The Assassin’s Creed games have established a penchant for death-defying leaps and paper people who die as soon as they’re pricked with a hidden blade. Naturally, director Justin Kurzel had to recreate that imagery for his Assassin’s Creed movie, and this behind-the-scenes clip reveals exactly how he pulled that off:…

Michael Fassbender’s living and killing in the past in first Assassin’s Creed trailer

Jimmy Kimmel continued his scooping of all other late-night hosts with the premiere of the Assassin’s Creed trailer. We get our first good look at Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, whose death sentence is “commuted” by Abstergo Industries, who find him more useful alive. As part of the Animus project, Sophia Rikkin…

Fox is skipping this year’s Comic-Con, and it’s all the pirates’ fault

20th Century Fox is skipping out on Comic-Con this year, and it’s all your fault. Specifically, those of you who violated the sanctity of Hall H by filming surreptitious videos of the sneak peek footage Fox showed at the convention last year, and then the rest of us for watching the videos when they made their way…

Readers tear into the flawed morality of the Assassin’s Creed

In a spiritual sequel to his Assassin’s Creed Syndicate review, Patrick Lee checked out the game’s first major expansion, which has its stars crossing paths with Jack The Ripper. What he found was a piece of downloadable content that unintentionally exposed the questionable morality that bubbles beneath the series’…

A run-in with Jack The Ripper exposes the barbarism of the Assassin’s Creed

That the Assassins are the heroes of Assassin’s Creed is probably something we’re just meant to take on faith. Here we have characters who refuse to kill civilians but will slaughter jobbing guards in their hundreds, and think the only viable solution to the problem of social power imbalance is to summarily execute…

A foot in the past is the only thing holding back Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

The Assassins of Assassin’s Creed are terrible at their jobs. For nearly a thousand years they’ve been waging a guerilla war against the tyrannical Templar Order, but no matter where you look in history the Templars are on top and the Assassins are sucking their thumbs in bales of hay. Perhaps they should consider…

Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson to dad it up in Assassin’s Creed

Continuing to put together a cast that suggests they don’t realize they’re making a movie based on a video game about historical parkour fanatics—and could thus stand to maybe coast a little bit—the producers of Assassin’s Creed have announced that Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons have signed on to appear in the film.…