Pictured above: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
The Malta Film Commission has announced that Assassin’s Creed, based on the popular video game, has commenced shooting in Malta, making this a record year for the local film industry .
Assassin’s Creed stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) and produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall, with 20th Century Fox distributing. Assassin’s Creed opens in theatres worldwide on 21 December 2016.
The story is about a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organisation in the present day.
Minister for Tourism, Edward Zammit Lewis, who is also responsible for the film industry, said that this is the eighth major production this year. It shows that the strategy adopted by the Government is reaping benefits and ensuring consistency with back-to-back projects. This is the fastest growing economic niche in the Maltese economy and the Government was working hard to keep up the momentum, he said.
Film Commissioner Engelbert Grech said that it was a great feat for the country to attract such a massive production and that Malta has truly become a key film location. The producers of Assassin’s Creed chose Malta following discussions with the Malta Film Commission and will benefit from incentives offered to productions filming in Malta.