20th Century Fox and Ubisoft have set their sights on the Swedish director for their film adaptation of the popular infiltration video game, according to Twitchfilm.com.

In the works for a few years now, the film adaptation of "Assassin's Creed" made headlines in the Hollywood trade press in July 2012 with the news that Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") had joined the cast. Until now, though, there had been no word on who might direct the film. The feature is nonetheless still due in theaters in August 2015.

A stealth video game franchise published by Ubisoft, "Assassin's Creed" is based on a premise that has its roots in history, exploring the rivalry between two secret societies, the Assassins and the Templars. The game's protagonist, a descendant of one of the Assassins, uses a machine, the Animus, to relive his ancestor's combat against the Templars before discovering his destiny.

Since 2007, the different episodes of the game have led players to Jerusalem, Florence, Constantinople, Colonial America, and the Caribbean.

Daniel Espinosa, who directed the 2012 blockbuster "Safe House" with Denzel Washington, is currently placing the final touches on his thriller "Child 44," due in theaters this year. The film's cast includes Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Vincent Cassel.

 

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