Since we can’t live out our extravagant European fantasies for the long term future, Netflix is reportedly building its own extended Assassin’s Creed universe for us to vicariously live through. Announced earlier this morning, the popular streaming service will be developing a live-action TV series based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise, alongside a pair of allegedly different animated and anime series. Please, just tell me one of them is about my man Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
The news came after a tweet featuring a video fading into a Netflix’s ‘N’ logo sitting inside the Assassin’s Creed logo, and the words “Netflix + Assassin’s Creed.” Per a follow up tweet, Ubisoft’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as executive producers on the live action series while, assumedly, Castlevania and Dragon’s Dogma series producer Adi Shankar will continue to be involved in the animated adaptation first teased in 2017.
With Shankar involved, expect the animated Assassin’s Creed Netflix series not to hold back on the violence and witty yet foul-mouthed dialogue you know and love from the series. Netflix’s Castlevania is a gritty, gorefest about three vampire-slaying heroes, certifiably and absolutely potty-mouthed and at times borderline pornographic, and with striking animation. So, I don’t have any doubt in my mind that the Assassin’s Creed anime or animated series—whichever he’s tied to—will live up to its predecessor and the game’s legacy.
However, the live-action series… hmmm. Let’s just say thanks to a 2016 film of the same name starring Michael Fassbender, I have ~doubts~. Netflix did adapt The Witcher franchise, which while originally a novel series, did blow up as an epic role playing game trilogy by CDProjekt Red, so who can ever be sure until we see it with our own eye balls.
Now, as to which of our assassins will reprise their role and head to our streamed screens? I can only think of one man, the Italian assassin, homie and charming revolutionary from Florence and Rome, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who first appeared in Assassin’s Creed 2. From there, I can imagine a witty, Victorian England inspired series based on the twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye about organised crime in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate or a swashbuckling pirate adventure taken from the dev notes of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Anyway, all I’m saying is, there is potential for some well-dressed men with some well-made hands 😌.
Hero source: Ubisoft.