Netflix and Ubisoft are teaming up and will develop a live-action series based on Ubisoft's successful franchise Assassin's Creed. Animated series and anime series are also potential options in the future.
The first series - the live-action one - is currently in development and aims to be an "epic, genre-bending live-action adaptation". The team that is working on the show is currently searching for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik from Ubisoft Film & Television will be the show's executive producers. Altman stated:
For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise. We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix, and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe.
Netflix + Assassin's Creed pic.twitter.com/yI2sItnMgi— NX (@NXOnNetflix) October 27, 2020
We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for. From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.
Peter Friedlander, VP Originals at Netflix
Assassin's Creed is a game franchise that was launched by Ubisoft in 2007, has currently got 11 games in the run - with the 12th title releasing soon - and has sold more than 155 million copies. The games tell the story between the Assassins and their rivals, the Templars, depicting many historical events and figures throughout the story. The franchise previously received an adaptation for the big screen in 2016, starring Michael Fassbender, but was received rather poorly by the box office and moviegoers.
Considering that Netflix released last year's The Witcher - based on the books, rather than the videogames - it might have reignited Ubisoft's desire to create a series for Assassin's Creed. Many other gaming franchises are currently being adapted for either TV, streaming platforms or the big screen, such as Resident Evil, Halo, Uncharted, and The Last of Us.