As we previously reported, there is a film adaptation of Fruit Ninja in the works because money. The film rights have been picked up by New Line Cinema because produce and money, too.
In the brief Hollywood Reporter piece on this news, there's a tease about the plot of the film which is being co-written by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani. According to THR, the film "will revolve around a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world."
Well, that is one way to do it, I suppose. One very generic way.
I was assuming there'd be some kind of town/village martial arts tournament of some kind in which some goofy kid trains in the art of fruitjutsu to defend himself/herself and learn a little bit about life. Basically The Karate Kid with more fruit and less pan flute. This is another way to do it, albeit also a very generic way.
Then again, it could also be about a meeting and interview between Sean Penn and El Fruit Ninja, a notorious produce lord.
How would you make a Fruit Ninja movie if you had to? Let us know in the comments. Also, eat more vegetables.
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When Fox first launched its spin-off channel, FXX, back in 2014, we were treated with an "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon. A week long event that showed the 552 episode long series in full. Now topping that is their second marathon; which will run the now 600 episode strong series over 13 days.
Starting November 24th at noon EST through Tuesday, December 6th, FXX will play all current 27 seasons of The Simpsons (with episode 600 being the latest Treehouse of Horror special). You know I'll be there to watch since it's pretty much what I've been doing daily since the launch of the FXNOW mobile app. I just hope there are a wider variety of commercials this time. I've seen those Jack Links and Slim Jim commercials so damn much.
Season 28 of The Simpsons premieres September 25th on Fox.
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To go along with the news of a New York Comic Con panel, first look at the zords, Elizabeth Banks as Rita, and Bryan Cranston as Zordon, is the coolest bit of news yet. Announced on Twitter, Bill Hader is joining the Power Rangers movie as the new Alpha 5 (presumably as a voice over).
I'm trying to keep a critical eye, but I can't help but geek over this. This could be as goofy as I'm hoping for. I've got nothing more to say than "Ai yai yai yai yai yai yai!"
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It can be kind of exhausting getting a dozen (or more) emails a day about movie X, Y, and Z. Do I want to see this? Do I want to learn more about this? And I'm sure I've turned down a lot of great movies because the sales pitch just didn't do it for me. You've got to prioritize. (I don't always make the right choices, but c'est la vie.)
Sometimes the things I go for feel sort of arbitrary; other times I'll have heard some buzz about something and so I check it out just because someone else said it was good. I had never heard of The Lovers and the Despot, but the instant I read the summary I knew I had to see it. A documentary about a North Korean dictator kidnapping South Korean filmmakers to improve North Korean cinema? What?
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Here at Flixist, we appreciate the fine art of releasing one sheet teaser posters featuring an aging star hinting at everything (read: being incredibly vague) to come. Usually, this specific genre involves said aging actor gripping a gun and thus you know everything that needs to be known: lot of people are going to get asses (namely their own) handed to them, and probably a lot of them are going to be killed.
We've known for some time that John Wick was owed and getting a sequel. And now, we're getting our one-sheet featuring the man with a face that looks like a skull, John Wick.
Here, John Wick is either having his dick measured (probable: that thing needs to be documented and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records*) or he's having a dapper, new, all-black suit made to mourn the death of another cute puppy (very probable: when will bad guys learn not to $%*& with John Wick's pets?).
What is very clear is that John Wick has just taken the art of the mysterious man with a gun poster to new heights. And not just because Keanu Reeves towers over Tom Cruise. This poster is all sorts of man sexy, and deadly. And whomever made that suit should get a credit on the poster: I'll go buy one right now and wear it to the midnight premiere, drunk, because good credit and getting to work on time are for suckers.
*Flixist educational fact of the day: "Molding the minds of America and beyond, one at a time": The Guinness Book of World Records was created by the Guinness brewing company, both of whom owe their founding to a man names Sir Hugh Beaver. You're welcome.... read + comment
Kevin Hart posted an exclusive first look image from the set of Jumanji 2 and the internet quickly ate it up. Not because diminutive Kevin is bite-sized (he is), but because amongst the characters wearing practical jungle attire, the lone female (Karen Gillan) is dressed as either the latest iteration of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider or the auteur's homage to an anime girl, and that my dear friends is what internet trolls affectionately call sexism. Boom. Let's open a dialogue.
Well, to avoid just such fireside chats, The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, was quick to tweet his own followup image, in higher resolution and slightly different pose, promising there is no need to get the digital pitchforks and torches quite yet: the costumes will make sense based off the movies plot!
Translation: the plot of this movie is that a sexy woman wears revealing clothing while loosely following a story that allows us to call this the sequel to another movie that didn't objectify a single woman in the least. Unless you can call Robin Williams in heavy beard an objectified woman. And for argument's sake, feel free. Just don't expect me to hand you a treat and say good puppy. For you're not. Bad puppy. Very bad. Some one get me a rolled up newspaper.
And side note, the character names?
Kevin Hart: Moose Finbar
The Rock: Dr. Smolder Bravestone
Jack Black: Professor Shelly Oberon
Karen Gillan: Ruby Roundhouse
Not only do they dress her the part, but they name her the same. While the men are learned scholars, doctors, and professors, poor Karen is named after a stripper. Someone should have told them that Tomb Raider's boobs are supposed to be big enough so that the just tips over naturally.
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Horror franchise Phantasm hasn't been seen since 1998, with the release of Phantasm IV: Oblivion. This year, the series is back after nearly 20 years, with Phantasm: Ravager on its way next month. Entertainment Weekly's got the trailer for the reported final entry in the series.
Ravager hits digital HD and video on demand on Oct. 4, before it's released in theaters on Oct. 7 alongside a new restoration of the original movie, Phantasm: Remastered. Original Phantasm writer-director Don Coscarelli returns as a producer on Ravager, which is directed by David Hartman. Series stars Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister will reprise their roles for the movie.
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Power Rangers may be hitting theaters in a little over six months, but I feel like I've been waiting for it forever. Make fun all you want, but it's a big deal for me and a lot of folks my age.
Along with these posters that tease goofy, Transformers looking zords is the news that Lionsgate is holding a Power Rangers panel at New York Comic Con in a few weeks (along with something else cool). Naturally, since I'll be attending this year, it's my one personal mission. We'll most likely get our first, in motion look at the film and that's going to make or break it for me. Because as much as I go back and forth over the new look, I'm kind of in love with how stupid it all is. The original show is dumb, and seeing the new Billy lounging on a giant Triceratops is admittedly a good sign. Same goes for the giant "GO GO" in the poster. Also, the pink ranger's shade of pink is kind of dope.
All the new trailer needs to do to succeed is have some footage playing over some kind of rearrangement of the old TV theme (I'll even take the cheap slow piano schtick from that first Ghostbusters trailer). Check out the new posters in the gallery below.
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There are very few genres that Passengers, the new film from The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldym, doesn't seem to want to fit into. It starts out as a rom-com in space and then delves deep into science fiction while going head first into action and comedy and layering on a hint of mystery. In short, it looks really intriguing and if the cast hasn't one you over yet than the incredibly random inclusion of Lawrence Fishburne looking at the camera for a split second should.
Who edited this trailer and why did they feel the need to toss that in there? I mean telling everyone that ol' Larry Fishburne is in your movie is never a bad idea, but it's weird, right?
Otherwise the movie looks really solid and the screenplay is from Jon Spaihts who wrote the first draft of Prometheus. That draft was reportedly logical and interesting before Damon Lindelof came in and Lindeloffed all over it.
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The original Spawn movie holds a special place in a lot of people's hearts. It wasn't that good, but it was definitely of its times, especially the ridiculous cape CGI and Martin Sheens too black hair. Also, it wasn't quite in line with the actual feeling of the comic book as it lacked its darkness and violence. Now, thanks to the resurgence in comic book movies and Deadpool's runaway, R-rated success it appears we may get the Spawn movie we've always wanted... that is if we've wanted one.
Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, spoke once again about the film saying he's already finished the screenplay and is editing it. He's claimed that it's gorey and R-rated, but most of all scary.
"You're never going to see a dude in a rubber suit," McFarlane said. "This is going to be my Jaws shark."
Of course McFarlane has been talking about a new Spawn movie for years with nothing coming of it. It's been a weird art house film and action film and a million other things according to statements he's made since the 90s. For instance it was supposed to shoot sometime in 2014 as a horror film. We'll see what happens this time around as the industry is fully prepped for an R-rated superhero flick.... read + comment
Zack Snyder has been pretty good about hyping his Justice League movie on Twitter lately. In the last week he's released an image of Batman's tactical batsuit and a first look at J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
The biggest push for the film, however, was the San Diego Comic Con footage of Justice League during the summer. The people over at 8-Bit Trailers have turned that tease into a retro video game cut scene. It looks a bit more like a 16-bit game, to be honest, like something that could have been on Super Nintendo or Genesis (i.e., The Death and Return of Superman, Batman Returns, or Justice League Task Force).
Check out the 8-bit/16-bit version of Justice League below.
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Martial arts movies have a long history of fictionalizing real-life people. It's happened countless times with Wong Fei-hung, who's been portrayed on film by Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Sammo Hung, among others. There's also Shaolin monk San Te, who was turned into a screen icon by Lau-Kar Leung and Gordon Liu in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shaolin Master Killer). And of course, we have a few different Ip Man movies, most notably starring Donnie Yen.
It looks like Bruce Lee will be getting that fictional treatment now thanks to Birth of the Dragon, a movie we first reported on back in 2013. While 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was estate-approved, I'm not sure the family of Bruce Lee was involved in this new film. Hong Kong star Philip Ng (Once Upon a Time in Shanghai) portrays Lee in the movie.
Give the Birth of the Dragon trailer a watch below.
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Level Up is kind of a weird beast. It's about a "gamer" who gets caught up in a "game" after his girlfriend his kidnapped by a mysterious group. As you can see in the clip they start making him do some weird things like have sex with a stranger. Judging from the teaser this one turns into an action pic and we're guessing the gamer starts to level up and become an action vengeance star.
Check out the full trailer here and if you're into it you can watch the full thing when it lands tomorrow on VOD.
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A while back we reported that J. K. Simmons was cast as Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Principle photography has reached the homestretch in the reportedly hopeful and optimistic superhero film, and Snyder has used Twitter to help give fans a taste of the new film.
Last week Snyder offered a peek at Ben Affleck as Batman wearing a tactical batsuit. Yesterday to celebrate Batman Day, Snyder gave the world its first look at Simmons as the venerable Jim Gordon.
It's a distant shot of Simmons, but he looks pretty solid. Though it's hard for anything or anyone to look bad when they're standing beside a bat signal. Hope that we get to see some of Simmons' performance soon. Wonder what role he'll play in Affleck's Batman vs. hunky Deathstroke.
Snyder also included this pic on Twitter of himself standing in front of the bat signal dressed a bit like a Gotham detective. (Or maybe he's just generally a dapper guy on set.)
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Back in July a pretty standard looking shaky cam movie called The Woods pulled off the impossible by actually surprising the Internet at SDCC. It turned out that the film was a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. Blair Witch, as the movie was revealed to be called, got points for making an entrance for sure, and it got even more points because Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (You're Next and The Guest) were behind it.
Basically two guys who are known for subverting horror genres got a hold of property that started an entire genre in and of itself. That sounds like the making of greatness or at least a horror sequel that doesn't suck.... read + comment
I never saw Citizenfour, the documentary Laura Poitras made about Edward Snowden. I thought about it a lot and certainly meant to, but it was never really a priority for me. This was, in large part, because I followed along with the Snowden story back in 2013. I read Glenn Greenwald's columns long before The Intercept and I followed him there once he broke off on his own. (I also followed the story of The Racket, First Look Media's failed attempt to branch out under the leadership of Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, which is unrelated but also kinda fascinating.)
So I felt like I had seen enough and read enough when Citizenfour came around. We're now almost two years out from that and three years from the Snoweden leaks themselves, and though Snowden is still in the news on a fairly regular basis, I don't feel as inundated with his existence as I once did. And so when I saw the trailer for Oliver Stone's biopic and I heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt's spectacular Snowden voice, I was interested. It's an important story, and the ramifications of it are ones we're still dealing with and need our leaders to deal with.
And that leads to an interesting question: Were Snowden to crush at this weekend's box office, could it bring this issue back to the forefront? And, well, should it?... read + comment
Rats are the worst. Like, seriously guys, the worst. There's this vacant building next to my apartment that's rife with them and the city seems helpless about controlling the problem. We may disagree about a lot of things, but most of us can agree on this: rats are terrifying and disgusting and awful creatures that are basically fur-covered garbage full of murderous disease.
Morgan Spurlock certainly feels that way. In Rats, his latest documentary which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Spurlock examines the infestation of vermin in cities around the world.
Rats looks like it's not for the faint of heart or the easily nauseated. Give the trailer a watch:
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Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (BHFF), a showcase of independent horror movies taking place in North Brooklyn from October 14th through the 16th. The BHFF features world and regional premieres of horror movies from around the globe.
The opening night film is Mattie Do's Dearest Sister (Laos, France, Estonia; East Coast Premiere), the centerpiece film is Emiliano Rocha Minter's We Are the Flesh (Mexico; East Coast Premiere), and the closing night film is Erlingur Thoroddsen's Child Eater (USA, Iceland; World Premiere). There are more than 10 other feature films and more than 20 horror shorts screening during the fest. In addition to the films, there will be a pop-up art show, storytelling competitions, horror trivia, and more.
So far, screenings and festival events will take place throughout Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. Announced venues include The Wythe Hotel, Syndicated Theater, Videology, Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts, Spectacle Theater, Catland Books, and Throne Watches.
For tickets to BHFF screenings/events and more information about the festival, click here or visit brooklynhorrorfest.com. Below we've included the official poster for the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival as well as trailers for the BHFF's opening night, centerpiece, and closing night films.... read + comment
I read the trilogy, I reviewed the original film, and now I'm here to tell you about Fifty Shades Darker. There's honestly not much to say about it. It has the same look as the first one, has the same lack of chemistry its two leads were very public about, and even goes as far as featuring a cover of Beyonce's re-arrangement of "Crazy in Love." But, that's not what you're here for.
Seeing as how little actual sexual content actually pushed the envelope in the last one, expect to be let down here too, sorry.
Fifty Shades Darker releases Valentine's Day next year.
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The first trailer for the sequel to the spinoff of The Conjuring is here, and much like with all other things involving a creepy doll it looks really creepy. Annabelle 2 brings us once again into the world of people who will keep a ridiculously creepy looking doll in their house for no good reason. We knew before that the would follow a doll maker and his wife who let a nun and several children stay with them for awhile. Bad stuff starts happening.
In the trailer we see Miranda Otto’s character call out Annabelle to either the doll or the little girl so this sequel once again seems to be a prequel. Maybe the tale of how the doll got evil. With Lights Out helmer David F. Sandberg there's good chance we will be getting something really atmospheric.
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In the fifty-six years since Psycho was released to an unsuspecting public, theater-goers have borne witness to slashers of every type. From psycho killers dressed like their mothers to psycho killers dressed up like Ronald Reagan to psycho killers in luchadore masks, there are very few outfits left for the psycho killer to choose from that haven't already been done (in many cases, to death!).
That being said, when I saw "abandoned town" and "violent psychopaths dressed as clowns" in the e-mail gauging interest in reviewing ClownTown, I jumped at the opportunity. Sure, greasepaint and rubber noses aren't exactly unheard of in the slasher genre, but you know what they say:
Send in the clowns.... read + comment
If you're anything like me then you've been waiting very impatiently for CBS to release Star Trek: Discovery so you can not watch it until its all out and that way only have to pay for one month of CBS's stupid streaming service. We're all going to have to wait a little longer now as CBS has announced they'll be delaying the release of the show from January 2017 to May.
The delay comes as showrunner Bryan Fuller asked for more time to make it better, especially in the realm of special effects.
“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
It's easy to think that this may hint at some behind the scenes drama that has caused CBS to spook a bit, but in this case that's probably not what is going on. This is the marquee show for CBS's streaming platform and they're going to want to be good so that people actually pay them to watch it. As you can tell I'm hardly excited about the prospect and I'm a massive Star Trek fan.
Still, I'm glad they're doing this so that the quality will be there. It's interesting to note that if this were a traditional television show scheduled to broadcast the likelihood of the creative team delaying release would be pretty low. Streaming definitely gives CBS a bit more wiggle room.... read + comment
With as good of a roll Disney has been on lately, I've seen many people joke along the lines of "I will push children out of the way to see this" and for the first time, I completely agree. While this newest trailer gives away a bit more Moana than I'd like (as we see what's most likely the climax), it only confirms there's a substance underneath all of its gorgeous animation.
Either way this goes, I'm all in. Moana features Disney's first Polynesian princess (debuting Auli’i Cravalho) as she fights to save her people with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and to top it all off, Disney Animation did a great deal of research (speaking to scientists, historians, and the like) to make sure it's a true portrait of the South Pacific.
Moana releases November 23rd, and I'll be pushing kids out of the way to see it.
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O.J.: Made in America is the crowning achievement of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentaries. Director Ezra Edelman's five-part, seven-and-a-half hour film is an imposing masterpiece, one which delves into the details of the O.J. Simpson murder trial while also exploring the history of race in America in the 20th century. Each part exists as its own fascinating sub-story in the tragic whole. Edelman begins way back into Simpson's college football career, laying a foundation of celebrity and racial passing that becomes key to understanding the man, his place in the world, and why he likely killed his wife and her friend and subsequently got away with their murder.
In short, O.J.: Made in America is the best documentary of 2016, and one of the best and most important movies of the year.
If you live in the New York City area, you'll have a chance to see the entire film on the big screen followed by a Q & A with Edelman in person. Metrograph is hosting three weekend screenings of O.J.: Made in America on September 24, October 2, and October 16. Edelman will field questions about the movie at the end of each marathon show. Those at the screenings will receive light refreshments prior to the film and during two intermissions.
For tickets and more information, click here.... read + comment
We've waited a long time for a black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road, and this December we'll finally get it. On December 6th, Mad Max: Fury Road - Black and Chrome Edition will hit Blu-ray. All will be right with the world.
This B&W version of Fury Road will be available in two forms. You can buy a new Blu-Ray of Fury Road, which comes with both the color and B&W versions of the movie as well as a new video introduction with director George Miller. The Black and Chrome Fury Road will also be part of the Mad Max High Octane Collection, which includes all of the films in the series (Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Mad Max: Fury Road) as well as a new behind-the-scenes documentary called Road War, which features Miller, writer/producer Terry Hayes, and Mel Gibson discussing the series.
Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome Edition will retail for $29.98, while the Mad Max High Octane Collection will retail for $79.99 on Blu-ray and $54.97 on DVD.
Start counting them pennies, people.
Are you looking forward to seeing Mad Max: Fury Road in B&W? Below is a reminder of what that looks like. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Zack Snyder is in the homestretch of principle photography on Justice League, which comes out next year. Ben Affleck recently wrapped filming and will likely move on to his solo Batman movie, which will pit the Dark Knight against hunky Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. As a tease of what's to come, Zack Snyder took to Twitter and released an image of a new Batman suit.
Here's Zack Snyder's tweet:
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Fox has acquired the life rights of Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee. The studio is planning to make a fictionalized period action-adventure film about Lee's life in the style of a Roger Moore James Bond film and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Fox, of course, is the studio responsible for Deadpool, the X-Men movies, and the Wolverine films. In related news, Marvel Studios would probably do this project better.
Details on the Stan Lee movie are scant at the moment. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce the film, which is currently in search of a screenwriter. They could write this movie in the old-school Marvel style, meaning they'll have a storyboard artist laboriously map out the movie's narrative and storybeats and then Stan Lee will take all of the credit.
I kid, I kid.
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Not too long ago we reported on the live-action Detective Pikachu Pokemon movie being put together by Legendary. Since that project is just getting underway, here's another Pokemon project to whet your appetite: Pokemon Generations on YouTube.
Pokemon Generations will debut on September 16th and roll out weekly 3-to-5-minute installments until December 23rd.
The Pokemon Company put out an official trailer earlier today, which you can check out below. (Sadly there is no Kirk or Picard.)
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The Nitehawk Cinema is an excellent dine-in movie theater, and one of the few reasons I still head to Williamsburg these days. With the Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse currently in limbo, The Nitehawk is still my go-to destination if I would like a beer or cocktail while watching a cult or indie movie. With a second Nitehawk opening next year, I may not need to travel too far.
The Nitehawk has bought The Pavilion in Park Slope right next to Prospect Park, where it will open a second location. For a while it seemed as if The Pavilion would be torn down to make room for condos, but now it'll be shut down for much-needed renovations and re-open as the Nitehawk Prospect Park in fall 2017.
According to a report in The New York Times, the new Nitehawk location will have seven screens, 650 seats, two bar areas, and an atrium overlooking Prospect Park. By comparison, The Pavilion currently has nine screens, lots of trash on the floor, a persistent urine smell, and probably lice, bed bugs, and rats.
Matthew Viragh, founder of the Nitehawk Cinema, told The Times, "We want to elevate the cinema experience, because that's what it's all about. How rare is it to save a theater in New York, and not make it into a Duane Reade or a Starbucks?"
Very rare. And yes, The Pavilion was in dire need of saving.... read + comment
The end of the year is fast approaching, which means that the Assassin's Creed movie is almost upon us. While the people over at Ubisoft seemed to downplay box office expectations, this film may turn a pretty decent profit like The Angry Birds Movie and even Warcraft. The film stars Michael Fassbender (and his penis) and Marion Cotillard, and was directed by Justin Kurzel. Kurzel's work includes the recent Macbeth adaptation that starred Fassbender and Cotillard and his brutally effective debut The Snowtown Murders.
What I'm saying is, Nick may get his wish of a great video game movie yet.
To whet your appetite for the film, a couple new Assassin's Creed images have showed up online. They're mostly pics of Fassbender looking like he's about to go wreck some jabroni. Give them a gander in the gallery, brah.
Assassin's Creed arrives in theaters December 21st. Vaya con dios.
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