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Netflix’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ finally has a showrunner

By Maria Pamela Reyes Published Jun 21, 2021 5:44 pm

The hit video game franchise from Ubisoft finally has a showrunner to lead Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.

Jeb Stuart, Die Hard and The Fugitive writer who has also worked with Netflix’s Vikings sequel, Vikings: Valhalla, has signed with Netflix for the upcoming series.

“He’s got a breadth of knowledge when it comes to history, so he is the right person, we felt, because he really understands historical drama, and we think he’s going to be a great asset to the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ universe,” head of television development at Ubisoft Film and TV, and one of the executive producers for the show, Danielle Kreinik told Variety in a recent interview.

Assassin's Creed’s premise mostly revolves around a group of assassins who “work in the dark to serve the light” throughout important historical events. The video game is a blend of historical and science fiction with players controlling present day ancestors of previous assassins while using their bloodline to take a peek into history.

Last year in October, Ubisoft announced that they have entered into an agreement with Netflix to produce and distribute other Assassin’s Creed related media, such as an animated series and an anime with Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Kreinik as executive producers.

However, the upcoming new series isn’t the first for the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Back in 2016, Ubisoft attempted to hit the big screen with Michael Fasbender as their leading actor. Although it did stray away from the classic approach Assassin’s Creed had in its game, the film still had its charm and managed to create a different timeline that the game has yet to touch—the Spanish Inquisition.

The live-action series is expected to be the first among the planned upcoming shows and will hopefully learn from what the previous live-action film had failed to do.

Assassin’s Creed isn’t the only Ubisoft franchise to land on the streaming service. Netflix has other Ubisoft series adaptations up their sleeves like anime versions of Far Cry, Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, and Splinter Cell.