Well, they sure showed us. When we first heard Ubisoft had attached Michael Fassbender for Assassin’s Creed: The Movie (my title, not theirs,) it seemed like this was yet another promising film project that would inevitably fail to see the light of day or, even worse, come out half-baked. After trouble with the major studios, the video game company eventually decided to go it their own and develop this one internally with New Regency producing which was another red flag although now we see a release date has been set up.
Ubisoft is partnering with Fox to distribute the pic which has been dated for May 22, 2015. That’s right, two years from now. There are no real details to go off at this time and a director is yet to be chosen, but the scheduling of Assassin’s Creed’s theatrical rollout shows they do believe this thing will inevitably get made. Prince of Denmark scribe Michael Lesslie wrote the first draft and Fassbender is producing, so yes, he does have a reason to remain attached although we are yet to hear the X-Men actor speak on the topic.
For those keeping score at home, this makes four video game to movie converts currently slated for actual release. Aside from Assassin’s Creed, it is expected that Need for Speed,Resident Evil 6, and Ratchet & Clankwill arrive in theaters in March 2014, September 2014, and 2015 respectively. Projects merely in the development phase (meaning they could easily disappear) include Warcraft, Mass Effect, Splinter Cell, Shadow of Colossus, Drake’s Fortune, God of War, Spy Hunter, Deus Ex, Metal Gear Solid,Gears of War,and Tomb Raider.
So it did not happen with Jane Got a Gun. The Natalie Portman-Michael Fassbender reunion movie was all good to go until the male lead bounced due to unforeseen obligations to X-Men: Days of Future Past in which he plays a young Magneto. No harm, no foul though as Portman, who is actually producing Jane Got a Gun, is comfortable doing another pic with the star of Shame after collaborating together on a Terrence Malick movie about the Texas music scene.
The story right now is coming out of Screen Daily that the Macbeth pic Fassbender just joined has added Portman in a starring role. Interestingly enough, this version of the Shakespearean tale is said to be a ‘visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes.’ That sounds fantastic yet confusing at the same time because Portman is coming off Thor: The Dark World which showcases a very similar vibe. Our answer to that is the Oscar-winner has long wanted to do a Macbeth project be it screen or stage.
Portman can next be seen in two Terrence Malick pics, Thor: The Dark World, and Jane Got a Gun.
Michael Fassbender has lined up another follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor who can be seen in the films Shame and Prometheus looks to be adding MacBeth to his upcoming slate. He will be re-teaming with his Shame producers on this one according to Screen Daily who says that the pic will be directed by Snowtown’s Justin Kurzel from a Todd Louiso/Jacob Koskoff script.
From what we are hearing, this project was a hot commodity as Shakespeare looks to be very much in vogue. We are expecting Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in about a months’ time. His use of such dialogue and references outside of the indie is what might be gaining the sub-genre some traction though as The Avengers sported a very similar style in a few select scenes, moments that theaters goers absolutely loved.
Make no mistake about it though, MacBeth is not expected to be a big deal even with the addition of Fassbender. It is just worth mentioning this because the actor remains a big name even after heat has seemingly died down a tad. His other in-development projects include Prometheus 2 and Assassin’s Creed–both of which appear far off.
Update 3/12/13: A lot can change in three months’ time, and a lot has. Just last night the cast on Jane Got a Gun received a significant overhaul. Apparently, Michael Fassbender will be much too busy with production on Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to star as the Western’s protag alongside Natalie Portman. This force Joel Edgerton to switch from bad guy to good guy with Jude Law joining the production as the villain. Law previously worked with Natalie Portman on 2004′s Closer if the combination seems familiar. Keep reading for the original story which talked up Joel Edgerton’s addition to the cast. Continue Reading
Back in May, it was announced that Natalie Portman was set to team with We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay for a western of all genres. The movie was to be an exciting foray for the Academy Award-winner and of course this was fascinating, but now even more so than before. Reports have surfaced this evening that Prometheus and X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender has been tapped to help Portman defend her farm from criminal confederates.
The film’s plot centers around Portman’s character who is tasked with protecting her home when her half-dead outlaw husband returns with a few former associates hot on his heels. Enter Michael Fassbender! Fassbender will play a character who helps Portman’s farm withstand the attack. Continue Reading
Parks & Recreation‘s Nick Offerman was presenting at last night’s 2012 Guys Choice Awards where he pretty much slammed Michael Fassbender for progressing full front male nudity in movies with his NC-17 performance in Shame. Continue Reading
Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace took to Today this morning to promote their brand new sci-flick from director Ridley Scott. The movie is a prequel to Alien called Prometheus. Here is the interview which aired on Tuesday where Fassbender talked about his creepiness and Rapace discussed landing a starring role in this film.
Let the hype train begin from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The feature that was originally conceived as a prequel to Alien has a new promo out that is obviously not a trailer. It rather puts the spotlight on actor Michael Fassbender who plays the A.I. unit known as David in the upcoming sci-fi epic. Interesting and creepy, but mostly creepy.
Additional cast members in the film include Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, and Noomi Rapace. The movie hits theaters on June 8.
Check out this clip from Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire in which retired MMA fighter Gina Carano fights Michael Fassbender in a hotel room. The film comes out next Friday, so for the full scene you will have to wait.
Here is the trailer from A Dangerous Method which stars Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender and is directed by David Cronenberg. The film is set to release in theaters on February 10, 2012. Continue Reading