It was revealed a while ago that Netflix was going to be making an Assassin’s Creed show and that it would have Jeb Stuart as its showrunner. Well, it’s not been reported by Collider that Stuart has left the series and Netflix is looking for a new showrunner to helm the upcoming show.
Netflix has actually been one of the real shining lights for video game adaptations. We’ve seen the likes of the incredible Castlevania, Arcane and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners animated shows. All of these shows were either based on video games or spinoffs from very popular video game franchises.
If you haven’t heard of Stuart, you’ve certainly watched some of his work either on the big or the small screen. He wrote the scripts for Die Hard and The Fugitive and he was also the writer and showrunner of the very popular series, Vikings: Valhalla.
The Assassin’s Creed show has lost its showrunner
During an interview with Collider’s Steven Weintraub, Stuart revealed that he is “no longer involved” in the project. This came as a bit of a shock to Weintraub because this news hadn’t been officially announced by Netflix yet.
So, Weintraub then asked Stuart what led to the separation between the two parties, asking if it was a “difference in vision.” Stuart elaborated, saying:
I think it was a little bit of a move of executives from LA to London, and it allowed the London group who, unfortunately, had to inherit my vision of what it was instead of getting to develop their own vision. So I think that’s fair. I know it’s going to be great whenever it comes out. I think the Ubisoft guys are fantastic. I think it’s a terrific franchise. It was just a good, mutual time to move on for both sides.
Who could take over the show now?
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Netflix first announced that they were making this new Assassin’s Creed series back in September 2022. They announced the series during the Ubisoft Forward Livestream when the series was described as an “epic, genre-bending live-action adaptation” by Marc-Alexis Côté, VP Executive Producer of Assassin’s Creed. However, the finer details of the series’ plot haven’t been revealed.
The series is still officially in early development with Ubisoft Film and Television producing the show alongside Netflix. They still haven’t announced a new showrunner for the series.
This Netflix series will be the third live-action adaptation of Assassin’s Creed following Assassin’s Creed Lineage. That was a short film which was released in order to promote Assassin’s Creed II, and 2016’s theatrical feature film adaptation simply titled Assassin’s Creed that starred Michael Fassbender.
We’re going to have to wait and see what ends up happening with this series. It’s something that I was really looking forward to watching it, and Stuart’s involvement had me very intrigued.
However, we do have to state that it was always going to be a tough thing to do. The live-action movie didn’t do very well and it was a pretty poor adaptation of the video game.
Fingers crossed Netflix will end up getting it right. The Assassin’s Creed video games are already pretty cinematic, so they should be able to make a good live-action series out of the source material.
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