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Ubisoft fast-tracking Assassin’s Creed film

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Desmond Miles is speeding towards the big screen -- and he's taking the express lane.

Ubisoft has announced a partnership with New Regency Partners for an Assassin's Creed film adaptation. The companies hope to have a script, cast, and director in place by next summer, which could put the film in theaters as early as 2014.

Michael Fassbender, best known for his work in "X-Men: First Class" and the sci-fi film "Prometheus," will lead the film, playing whichever incarnation of Desmond's assassin ancestors makes it to the film.

Word of the Assassin's Creed film first emerged in July, but beyond Fassbender's involvement, none of the details were in place. Ubisoft, at the time, indicated it planned to use its own film production unit to make the movie, allowing it to keep control of its most important franchise. Under the terms of the deal, New Regency will shoulder some of the production costs, reports Variety.

Ubisoft adopted the hands-on approach after the disappointing performance of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," particularly with U.S. audiences.

"Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent- and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures," said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer at Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Bringing aboard New Regency's renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin's Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise."

Beyond Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will next year launch a TV series on Nickelodeon based on the Raving Rabbids series.

Assassin's Creed has been a flagship franchise for the company since its debut in 2007. Life to date, the series has sold more than 38 million units. On October 30, the company will release Assassin's Creed III, which sets the series during the American Revolution.

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