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The Assassin’s Creed Movie Has Wrapped Up Filming

The Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender wrapped up filming yesterday. The head of content for the franchise, Azaïzia Aymar, snapped a picture of the crew together on set to celebrate the occasion:

The movie is entering post-production now. It's set for release on December 21st of this year.

Film adaptations of video games have a reputation for being…less than great but the talent for the film is pretty impressive: Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons all have roles and Justin Kurzel, who directed a pretty solid version of Macbeth and the creepy drama The Snowtown Murders, is at the helm for it.

Source: [Twitter via Destrutoid]

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Watch Us Read George Romero’s Rejected Resident Evil Movie Script Live

Update: That's a wrap on our script reading! Thanks to everyone who watched up live. For everyone else, we'll update this story when the archived YouTube version becomes available. 

Original Story: We made a promise to the viewers and generous donors of our successful Extra Life 2015 livestream: To livestream a table reading of George A. Romero's rejected script for the first Resident Evil film. For the unaware, George A. Romero is grandfather of the modern zombie, responsible for seminal horror hits like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Despite Romero's directorial legacy, Capcom removed him from the project. Former Capcom producer Yoshiki Okamoto (Final Fight, Street Fighter II), was quoted saying it "…wasn't good, so Romero was fired." That sounds like a ringing endorsement and excuse enough for the Game Informer crew to dive into a full, unabridged script reading. Live.

Some casual zombie movie fans may think the idea of Romero directing a Resident Evil is a slam dunk. Closer examination of the filmmaker's later credits, which includes clunkers like Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead, suggests Capcom may have made a good call going with Paul W. S. Anderson. Oh man, what are we in for? We're not satisfied wondering "what if" any longer, so be sure to tune in on Friday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. Central on Twitch or YouTube to see us live out the tale of Raccoon City's S.T.A.R.S. team like you've never seen it. The whole cast of characters is here, from Jill to Chris to Barry to Wesker. We'll be going into the script blind, never having read it before, so anything could happen.

For more on Romero and Resident Evil, watch the behind-the-scenes video below about his directorial role in the creation of a Resident Evil 2 commercial. At the 1:35 mark Romero discusses how he recognizes his influence in the Resident Evil game series.

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The Legend Of Zelda Re-imagined As Studio Ghibli Movie Posters

The Legend of Zelda series and Studio Ghibli's animated films are among the most celebrated works to come out of Japan, but what if the two properties came together? Illustrator Matt Vince uses that hypothesis as the basis for movie posters that prove the collaboration would be a match made in heaven.

Vince created three Miyazaki-esque movie posters featuring Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf that leave us wanting an actual crossover film that we never knew we wanted. In true Ghibli fashion, the fantasy flick has already garnered several awards despite not being a real thing. 

Admire his beautiful pieces below, and visit his website for other impressive illustrations. As for Zelda news, the Wii U entry is still happening, as is a remaster of Twilight Princess

[Source: Matt Vince via Tumblr via Kotaku]

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Warcraft Movie Collectibles Unveiled

Prop company WETA Workshop revealed a line of statues, pendants, and replicas based off the upcoming Warcraft movie. You can see the full list of collectibles right here.

The impressive assortment seems to include something for every Warcraft fan. After reading through the list, be sure to check out the image gallery below.

  • Orgrim 1:10 Scale Statue
  • Armour of King Llane 1:6 Scale
  • Amour of Foot Soldiers 1:6 Scale
  • Sword and Shield of King Llane 1:6 Scale
  • Sword of King Llane Prop Replica 1:1 Scale
  • Sword of the Royal Guard Prop Replica 1:1 Scale
  • Sword of Lothar Prop Replica 1:1 Scale
  • Doomhammer 1:6 Scale
  • Axe of Durotan 1:6 Scale
  • Hammer of Blackhand 1:6 Scale
  • Doomhammer Pendant
  • Sterling Silver Lion Head Ring
  • Orc Tooth Pendant

For more on the upcoming Warcraft movie, don't miss the debut trailer!

 

[Source: WETA Workshop via The Toyark]

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Reader Discussion: How Are You Feeling About The Warcraft Movie?

Are you optimistic? Pessimistic? Or have no opinion whatsoever?

The director, Duncan Jones, has a good track record. He directed Moon and Source Code and has demonstrated on a more than one occasion that he is a legitimate fan of the franchise. I, despite not being particularly interested in Warcraft or its fiction, am optimistic and excited to see the movie, but I want to know how you feel. Let us know in the comments below.

If you haven't see trailer for the movie, which was released yesterday, head here.

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First Warcraft Movie Trailer Debuts At Blizzcon, See It Here

At Blizzcon 2015, director Duncan Jones took the stage to show off the first Warcraft movie trailer. The footage takes us to Azeroth like we have never seen it.

The movie takes us to the earliest days of the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. The human lands are invaded by an Orc population whose world is dying.

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We learn that not all members of the Horde are out for blood. For the full story, we’ll have to wait until June 2016. You can check out a picture of the cast from Blizzcon below.

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The Witcher Is Getting A Movie Adaptation

The Witcher is getting its own film adaptation based on the series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Currently in early production, the film is already lining up various Hollywood talent.

Studio Platige films is teaming up with the Sean Daniels company (The Mummy) to produce a new film based on the life of the Witcher protagonist Geralt of Rivia. Specifically, the film will be based on themes from the short stories “The Witcher,” and “Lesser Evil” from “The Last Wish” collection.

The film is slated to be directed by Oscar nominee Tomasz Baginksi. Thania St. John (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Grimm) is currently working on the script. No statement has been made on potential actors for the role of Geralt, or any major supporting characters like Ciri, Triss, or Yennefer.

The film, scheduled for an international 2017 release, is planned as an introduction the Witcher universe and as the beginning of a series. The Witcher series has previously been adapted for Polish cinemas as The Hexer, and later a 13-episode television series. CD Projekt RED, the developer of the Witcher video game series, has no listed involvement with the project, but you can check out how they created three of modern gaming's most memorable female characters in Kim Wallace's feature.

[Source: Platige via Polygon]

 

Our Take
While the film was originally revealed to be in pre-production earlier this year, it's good to see some level of talent find its way to the film, even if CD Projekt RED has nothing to do with it. It will be interesting to see how the film handles Geralt's various journeys in between an overarching narrative, given that many critics praised Wild Hunt for its unique side quests.

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Check Out The Latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Poster

The Star Wars news continues to trickle in on the lead-up to the December 18 release of The Force Awakens. Today John Boyega revealed the latest official poster, and there is a lot to talk about.

It looks like the new Death Star type weapon of mass destruction is hovering ominously in the background, and Luke Skywalker is no where to be seen. We are also given another glimpse of a mysterious character I'm not familiar with, who is directly above the lovable robot BB-8. We have seen her hand before in the teaser trailer handing the saber to Leia. Check out the poster yourself right here:

Rebel Force Radio also confirmed this morning that a new trailer will debut tomorrow on Monday Night Football at halftime. 

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Check Out The Latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Poster

The Star Wars news continues to trickle in on the lead-up to the December 18 release of The Force Awakens. Today John Boyega revealed the latest official poster, and there is a lot to talk about.

It looks like the new Death Star type weapon of mass destruction is hovering ominously in the background, and Luke Skywalker is no where to be seen. We are also given another glimpse of a mysterious character I'm not familiar with, who is directly above the lovable robot BB-8. We have seen her hand before in the teaser trailer handing the saber to Leia. Check out the poster yourself right here:

Rebel Force Radio also confirmed this morning that a new trailer will debut tomorrow on Monday Night Football at halftime. 

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Ubisoft’s Movie Division Planning To Open Malaysian Theme Park In 2020

Ubisoft has announced plans to open its own theme park in Malaysia. The facility, which will showcase attractions from Raving Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, and Just Dance.

The publisher’s motion picture division (responsible for the Rabbids television show and upcoming Assassin’s Creed film) are spearheading the effort. Ubisoft is creating the theme park alongside RSG, a development company specializing in this kind of effort.

RSG is also behind the Movie Animation Park Studios, opening in Malaysia next year. The Ubisoft park will open in 2020.

 

Our Take
This story makes a bit more sense when you remember that Ubisoft is cultivating its own motion picture and television business. Disney, Universal, and others have been in this game for a long time. The difference here is that Ubisoft started in gaming, instead of the other way around.

Still, I wonder if these brands are pervasive enough to bring people in. Is there that much love for Assassin’s Creed in Asia (and among those wealthy enough to vacation in Malaysia) that this will be sustainable? Only Michael Fassbender knows.

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