Netflix Announces Assassins Creed Live-Action Series is in Development

Still eagerly awaiting any news from Netflix as to when the Assassin’s Creed series will begin production, let’s have a look at the games.

We love our video game adaptations, don’t we? Remember the Super Mario Bros movie from 1993? Street Fighter from ‘94? Mortal Kombat, 95’? Of course you do, how could you forget them. We saw Tomb Raider and Resident Evil adaptations and sequels, Prince of Persia in 2010, and the Assassin’s Creed movie in 2016, to name just a few. Recently the amazingly popular The Witcher series was released on Netflix followed by an animated movie and promising us that a second season was in the works.

The Assassin’s Creed games series consists so far of 12 main games, and 17 spin-off games spanning over the past 14 years or so. The games chronicle the Assassins locking horns with the Templars over the past thousand years, both sides fighting for peace, but both wanting it on their own terms. The games are based on a fictional storyline featuring fictional characters, but they are dotted with actual historical characters and events.

The Assassin’s Creed world is so expansive that a series has the potential to really take off. The first game was set in the year 1191 and had the Assassin, Altair, taking down Templars in the Holy Land during the crusade.

In the second Assassin’s Creed game, we jump to Renaissance Italy, a few games later we’re in Istanbul. Throughout the series of games, we visit 18th century America during the Revolutionary War, we become a pirate in Black Flag, run through the streets of Paris during the French revolution, then pop over to Victorian London before we go off to assassinate targets in Egypt, then Rome.

The last Assassin’s Creed game, Valhalla, released in 2020, is set during the Viking Invasion of Britain.

Video game adaptations to TV and film have always balanced on that fine line between cringe and… well, not-so-cringe, but after the success of The Witcher, we have high hopes for a Netflix Assassin’s Creed series.

Written by Dave Cunningham

Raised and born in West London. Dave is currently studying BA in Psychology at CUNY Hunter College. Netflix favourites: You, Stranger Things, Ozark & Virgin River.

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