Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet discusses the “Assassin’s Creed” movie.
Baronnet explains how quickly Michael Fassbender signed on to the project, revealing that there wasn’t even a script at the time.
“[Michael Fassbender] accepted very quickly,” Baronnet told French magazine Premiere , translated by Slash Film . “And it was the only actor which we thought was obvious. So we started with the actor, which is incongruous. Even more incongruous, he engaged us with nothing.”
“There was no script, no studio or anything. We told him we were going to build the project together, we have a huge brand and we want to make a make a film with references to feature films like ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Blade Runner.'”
He also touched on Tom Hardy’s headlining role in the live-action adaptation of “Splinter Cell.”
“This is obviously attractive for intelligent players like Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy. It is like a huge studio because it has huge brand, but it is a small structure, he explained. “And it will remain like that, you do not want to become bigger. Tom Hardy was also evident on Splinter Cell. We had the same discussion and it is also committed immediately.”
Furthermore, Baronnet says that Ubisoft Motion Pictures is limiting the creative development of their titles to as few people as possible.
“Our approach is to remain in control of the development, so to finance it 100%. We choose writers who are not necessarily stars but people who have understood the universe.”
Written and directed by Justin Kurzel, the “Assassin’s Creed” movie stars “X-Men: Days of Future Past” actor Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire) and French actress Ariane Labed (Fidelio: Alice’s Journey).
The “Assassin’s Creed” movie releases in theaters on Dec. 21, 2016. “Splinter Cell” is currently in its scripting stage.