No not the game, so calm AC fanboys.
The film adaption of the multi-million dollar best selling game, Assassin’s Creed, has been delayed. Originally scheduled to come out on the 7th August 2015, 20th Century Fox has pushed back the popular franchise to an “unspecified 2016 release date”. Fox have claimed that the film will simply not be ready in time for the 2015 release date. But this is both good and bad news. It’s bad news for video game film adaptions, which don’t have the best reputation. Many of them fail to draw people into the cinema and never really get a sequel or a second chance, with the exception of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Assassin’s Creed was seen as the rebirth of the video game adaptions due to the game’s huge popularity and uniquely different story, and the fact that they had signed Michael Fassbender to star and produce the film too. It was seen as possibly The Dark Knight of the video game adaptions.
But this delay is also good. Fox have said that the film’s not ready yet for next year, which means this gives the filmmakers time to improve on the film. The pressure the film has to kick start video game adaptions is huge, and this now gives them time to perfect a quite complicated story and film. Also so far there hasn’t been anything shown from the film, no teasers, no posters, no set photos, nothing. This works hugely in Fox’s favour. Because they haven’t set a release date for 2016, they can now wait until they have something truly great to show audiences and not tease audiences with something subpar. Whether the delay will be good or bad for Assassin’s Creed, we’ll have to wait, but the extra time now to improve the film is only going to add more pressure for the film.