A mighty partnership has been struck between Netflix and Ubisoft in an effort to bring the world of Assassin’s Creed to the streaming giant. A live-action Assassin’s Creed television show is currently in the works at Netflix, the first of multiple projects coming to the platform as part of what will be an Assassin’s Creed extended universe. The news arrives just two weeks ahead of the launch of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the 12th main release in the video game franchise that launched back in 2007. This is also the second major video game franchise Netflix has scooped up, in addition to Resident Evil, which also seems to be getting the expanded universe treatment.
In a release sent out Tuesday morning, we learned that the Netflix and Ubisoft partnership will yield a live-action TV series, an animated series, and an anime series. The implication here in an extended Assassin’s Creed universe within the confines of streaming, and it’s a major undertaking as this franchise continues to grow. Nothing in the way of plot details or casting has been revealed at this point, so it’s unclear how the live-action show will attack the complex story at the heart of Assassin’s Creed. Intriguingly, the Assassin’s Creed live-action series currently has no showrunner, which makes it harder to discern what kind of narrative or aesthetic influences will be brought to the project.
While no plot details have been revealed about the live-action show, I highly doubt it will bear any ties to Justin Kurzel‘s 2016 live-action Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, and Jeremy Irons. With 12 games chock-full of narrative to draw from and the low odds of Netflix nabbing any of those A-listers for their own purposes, chances are good the Assassin’s Creed live-action show will be rounding up a brand new cast to bring its story to life. But even without the draw of big names at time of announcement, we shouldn’t worry too much about whether this live-action show will be able to draw viewers in. Kurzel’s visually inventive and thematically intriguing adaptation came away from its theatrical run with $54.6 million domestic and $186 million internationally, making the $125 million live-action less of a smash hit and more of a unique, low-key successful outing. This, in combination with the fanbase already built-in from the video game franchise, could spell success for Netflix’s live-action TV show further down the road.
We’ll keep you posted about the new Assassin’s Creed Netflix projects as they develop. Check out the new logo for the Netflix Assassin’s Creed extended universe below.