The video game adaptation will try to match its source materials acrobatics with a record free fall “leap of faith”.
There are plenty of reasons to be cautious about the Assassin’s Creed movie. It’s an adaptation of a video game, which is a famously tough code to crack. Director Justin Kurzel hasn’t handled mainstream action in his career so far. He came close with 2015’s Macbeth, but Shakespearean action and video action are two completely different beasts. Even with Michael Fassbender starring in both. Any ridiculously premature worries like these can now be put to bed. For a little while at least. Why? Because some record-breaking news has emerged from the Assassin’s Creed camp that proves they’re not messing around. Turns out they’re bringing the game’s trademark “leap of faith” to the big screen.
A big part of the Assassin’s Creed games is the titular assassin’s fetish for fantastical acrobatics. If he’s not scaling towering buildings throughout history he’s diving off them into a bale of hay. Fans of the games will doubtless be on the lookout for such daring feats from Fassbender. And it looks like they might just get it. A video has been released with behind the scenes footage from the set of Assassin’s Creed.
The big reveal? A leap of faith from 125 feet in the air.
You’re not wrong if you think that sounded impressive. The leap won’t be made by Fassbender. However, it will be made by his stunt double Damien Walters, who makes a record-breaking free fall that hasn’t been topped in about 35 years. Check out the video with Screnrant.
It’s rare to see a video game adaptation pulling out all the stops like this. It’s no surprise though, considering the near unsurpassed popularity of the franchise and the high standard its fans are now used to with the games. A standard adaptation just isn’t going to cut it. And even if Assassin’s Creed isn’t the amazing big screen debut we all want it to be, at least we’ll get a few daring acrobatics out of it.
Assassin’s Creed will be in theatres December 21st, 2016. Watch this space for all the latest Assassin’s Creed movie news.