Before I get into this article, I need everyone to know how much I hated the last time Assassin’s Creed came to our screens. For those of you lucky enough to have not heard about the last Assassin’s Creed movie that came out in 2016, it was an absolute dumpster fire. While I’m hopeful for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed TV show coming to Netflix, my biggest hope is that they’ve learned from the movie’s failure.
The description of the movie seems simple enough. “Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha and gains the skills of a Master Assassin before taking on the secret Templar society.” But somehow, the director of this movie managed to turn a video game classic into a movie mess. So, what was wrong with the movie? Simply put, it was obvious that no one in the production had actually played the game; at least, they hadn’t played enough to make its movie counterpart. The whole point of the video game series is to let the player feel what it was like to be an assassin during a specific point of time. Instead, the movie spent too much time building a character from nothing and too little time on establishing the space. What’s more, the movie was simply boring. Without giving away spoilers (just in case some of you want to go see the movie for some reason), I just never had any motivation to care about any of the characters. I did not care what they were doing, I did not care about what their goals were, all I cared about was getting out of the theater as fast as I could when the film ended.
With this amount of hatred for the movie, you might expect I would have low hopes for the TV series. Well, you’d be wrong. I am actually pretty excited for the series, and here’s why. For starters, the director is working hand in hand with the game’s developer Ubisoft to make sure the TV series retains the classic video game charm present through the series. Here is what the vice president of Netflix had to say about the upcoming series: “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.” Another reason I have a lot more faith in the TV show is that I trust Netflix to churn out a good show more than I do some random director, as was the case previously. Until more information comes out about the upcoming show, I can only hope that I am right and that the TV show will give the video game series the proper adaption it deserves.