Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ Assassin’s Creed movie will now creep quietly past its previously announced June 19, 2015, release date to August 7, presumably to create some separation between it and that year’s onslaught of planned summer blockbusters (though no official reason was given for the delay). The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which also confirms new release dates for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot (June 19), Paul Feig’s spy comedy Susan Cooper (May 22), Matthew Vaughn’s comic book adaptation Secret Service (March 6), and Brad Bird’s mysterious Disney flick Tomorrowland (May 22).
There’s still not much clarity on how Ubi’s film division intends to realize the Assassin’s Creed series as a non-interactive, big screen blockbuster. We know that Michael Fassbender occupies the film’s starring role (he’s also producing), and that his adventure in some way involves using an Animus to explore the lives of his ancestors. What we’re missing is any details outside of that. Michael Lesslie makes his feature-length debut as the movie’s writer, but there’s no word yet on the identity of the director, the supporting cast … pretty much everything else, really.
Summer 2015 really isn’t all that far off in the world of big-budget blockbuster filmmaking. If Ubi is going to encourage people to avoid lumping in the Assassin’s movie alongside 2010’s wretched Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, it’s going to have to start gearing up the marketing machine and making with the info soon.