Hollywood’s hunger for MCU-style franchises is pretty well-established at this point, so it’s not a huge surprise that the minds behind “Assassin’s Creed” have planned for a potential trilogy. While promoting the upcoming film, star Michael Fassbender revealed that it was part of a “three-film arc.”
Fassbender said, “This is the sort of origin of his story. We have an idea of where he’s going to go over the next two films. We kind of did a three-film arc. We’ll wait and see how people respond to this, but for sure, we have an idea of where he’s going to go next.”
While this sounds like studio planning as usual, 20th Century Fox also has another model for expanding their “Assassin’s Creed” story: Its source material. Ubisoft, creators of the original video game franchise, have released nine entries in the main storyline and 11 other games in the universe. They’ve also licensed ongoing comic book series that dive even deeper into the world. In short, there is a lot of material and mythology to work with—and Fox can also learn from some of Ubisoft’s mistakes.
For fans who worry what this plan might mean for the “Assassin’s Creed” movie, the promotional materials, including the latest TV spot, seem to suggest that this movie will still function as a standalone.
Directed by Justin Kurzel, “Assassin’s Creed” also stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams. It opens in theaters Dec. 21.
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