By all accounts, the Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender was a spectacular flop, with a lowly 18% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. But that's not stopping Ubisoft and the development team behind the beloved video game franchise from trying to expand the universe into the film and television spheres.
Adi Shankar, the producer of the new Castlevania Netflix series, has just announced that he'll be working on a new Assassin's Creed anime adaptation.
Making the announcement via Facebook, Adi Shankar wrote, in part:
"I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream.
At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series.
If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong."
There's certainly no shortage of material to work with for Shankar and his team, as the Assassin's Creed narrative universe spans multiple centuries, regions and boasts a whole host of compelling characters.
The series' combination of science fiction and (highly embellished) historical elements have made it one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. There have been 10 games released in the franchise's main narrative arc so far, so it's probably safe to expect Shankar will draw on those story lines.
It's not out of the question that Shankar might take a risk and go outside the games' existing storylines, expanding the narrative arc with new characters and settings. Shankar's Facebook post talk about developing "an original story," so maybe that is in fact the direction he'll take.
No word yet on any details about whether Netflix will host the series (as they will with Castlevania), or some other platform will step up and take a chance on Assassin's Creed in anime format.
Either way, this is sure to pique the interests of Assassin's Creed's legion of loyal gamers and fans. While no official details about the anime series have been publicized outside of Shankar's Facebook post, stay tuned for additional news in the coming weeks and months.