– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Video games have been a hotbed of potential for film material for decades now. Sure, looking back at everything, it’s clear that this potential hasn’t really been met too well. When the Resident Evil franchise is considered the bar of quality, you know you have some slim pickings (nothing against that franchise, but they aren’t what many would consider great stories). As video games have advanced, so has their potential for cinematic storytelling, and as such, many properties have become greater fits for the big screen than Mario ever could.

One of the franchises with the most potential is Assassin’s Creed. In addition to its cinematic style, the video games also hop around different time periods. This gives it even greater potential to turn into a film franchise. Not only can it have a great story and visual style, but it has the potential to evolve into something much greater. With all that in mind, it’s anyone’s guess as to where the film franchise could go after the upcoming theatrical release of the film, which stars Michael Fassbender. 

Speaking with French outlet PREMIERE (via ComicBookMovie), Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel discussed where he’d like to see the series go in a future installment. Interestingly enough, it’s not one of the time periods many associate with the franchise.

“I thought about maybe not going too far back, maybe into, like, the ’50s in America. You kow, I think that could be a really interesting period around the Cold War. Traditionally, I think they’ve gone back further than that. Recent history is something I’m quite interested in. You can definitely kind of do a film-noir thing to it.” 

This would definitely be a clever and unexpected direction to go for the film. As it stands, the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie looks to emulate many of the game’s most notable features for the film medium, but if they were to go all ‘50s on us, it would definitely give video game fans a completely unique take on the concept, for better or worse.

But, of course, for the first film, they couldn’t go so drastically different from the video games. Instead we are treated to a very similar aesthetic in the Spanish Inquisition. Here’s what Kurzel had to say about making the choice to start out the franchise in this time period:

“I think there’s great scope there to kind of go into. I think you have to go into volatile points of history, that’s why The Spanish Inquisition work so well, because you got something the assassins could rally against in terms of the religious persecution that was going on there.”

What do you think of Kurzel’s idea to head to the 1950s? Is that a period you’d like to see tackled in a future Assassin’s Creed film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: PREMIERE (via ComicBookMovie)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.