Netflix and Ubisoft are to collaborate on a live-action Assassin's Creed series. The show will be overseen by Ubisoft executives as executive producers. We don't currently have an estimate of when the show will come to air or a showrunner for the Assassin's Creed Netflix Series.
What do we know about the Assassin's Creed series?
Right now, not too much. This news comes to us via the official NX Twitter account (tweeting as @NXOnNetflix), the "home of all things geek" for the Netflix brand. Two tweets tease the new Assassin's Creed live-action series. The first is a simple ten-second video loop of the Assassin's Creed and Netflix logos merged together with the words "A Netflix original series" below the new logo. The second explains a tiny bit about how the series will work and names two Ubisoft employees as executive producers.
Netflix will be developing an Assassin's Creed live-action series. @Ubisofts's Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as Executive Producers— NX (@NXOnNetflix) October 27, 2020
As the tweet explains, the live-action Assassin's Creed series will be a collaboration between Netflix and Ubisoft. Overseeing the series are Ubisoft's film and TV head Jason Altman and the studio's director of TV development Danielle Kreinik. The extent of Ubisoft's involvement in the project is somewhat unclear; the executive producer role is far-ranging and can vary from simple budgetary concerns through to being actively involved in the creative decision-making process.
When can we expect to see in the Assassin's Creed Netflix Series?
Unfortunately, like a lot of the project, this aspect is as shrouded in mystery as the titular Assassins. There's no indication just yet as to when the series will land on Netflix. Ubisoft says it is "thrilled" to be creating "the next saga" in the franchise with Netflix. For its part, Netflix says it's excited to "bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling" that the Assassin's Creed franchise is known for. The show is currently looking for a showrunner, so it may not come to fruition for some time.
In a press release, Ubisoft and Netflix hint at something rather tantalizing. The deal between the two companies covers "dynamic stories" in the realms of "live action, animated, and anime series". Whether this means we'll be getting all three remains to be seen, but there's certainly potential for Netflix to develop animated shows based on the property.
When will the Netflix Assassin's Creed series take place?
The longest-running protagonist in the franchise (not counting modern-day protagonist Desmond Miles) was Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who starred in three games. It would make some sense for the story to revolve around him and his travels through Renaissance-era Europe. Alternately, the show could look to Assassin's Creed 3 protagonist Ratonhnhaké:ton or could even take place in the modern-day, focusing on the conflict between the Assassins and Templar front group Abstergo Industries, possibly leaving the historical drama to the animated realm. We'll bring you more on this new TV adaptation as soon as we get it.
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