20th Century Fox has scheduled a release date for Assassin's Creed: The Movie.
Box Office Mojo reports that the New Regency production, which has Michael Fassbender attached to produce and star, is slated to open May 22, 2015. Michael Lesslie is scripting the adaptation of the Ubisoft video game franchise.
That means the video game adaptation will opens just weeks after Marvel's The Avengers 2.
Vin Diesel says 'Fast & Furious 7' is the beginning of a new trilogy
Vin Diesel has been on the road with the "Fast & Furious" franchise for more than ten years, and he won't be done with it anytime soon, if he has anything to say about it.
HItFix's Guy Lodge sat down with the "F&F" star to discuss the challenge of playing the same character over the course of more than a decade, the return of Michelle Rodriguez, and what we can expect in the future of the franchise.
With extensive acting training (his father was an acting coach), Diesel says he faced new challenges in playing the character of Toretto for more than ten years, noting that the time frame led him to incorporate his own growth as a person into the role. This allowed the character to evolve in a naturalistic way, which wouldn't have been possible in just one or two films.
Diesel also talks up the return of Rodriguez's presumed-dead character Letty. She was revealed to be coming back at the end of "Fast Five." For Diesel, having Rodriguez ("Avatar") back in the fold was "better than great."
"If it weren't for Letty," he reveals, "we wouldn't have done 'Fast 6.'"
Another big change is rocking the foundations of the "Furious" franchise, as "Saw" director James Wan is replacing longtime series helmer Justin Lin for the next film.
The move will help "Fast 7" go in a new direction.
"'7' is the beginning of the next trilogy in the thought-out story," Diesel contends, noting that the first six films form two distinct trilogies. "The three stories of 7, 8 and 9 are mapped out in a structure, even if they're not signed off on," he continues. "The direction of 7, 8 and 9 is clear."
Nintendo Enforces Copyright on Youtube Let's Plays
Nintendo has started claiming ad revenue on user-created Youtube videos featuring its games, according to reports from Youtube users.
Nintendo does not want to block videos containing content that it owns from appearing on Youtube (as many film and music publishers have), but it wants to place ads at the beginning and the end of videos featuring Nintendo games, such as Let's Plays, with that revenue going to Nintendo as opposed to the creator of the video.
Prolific Youtube channel owner Zack Scott has posted on Facebook about the demands. "I think filing claims against LPers is backwards," he writes. "Video games aren't like movies or TV. Each play-through is a unique audiovisual experience. When I see a film that someone else is also watching, I don't need to see it again. When I see a game that someone else is playing, I want to play that game for myself! Sure, there may be some people who watch games rather than play them, but are those people even gamers?"
Nintendo has issued the following statement to GameFront on the matter: "As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a Youtube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the Youtube database.
"For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on Youtube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property."
Nintendo's right to protect its copyright is enshrined both in law and in Youtube's copyright guidelines, which state that just because you purchase something, it doesn't mean that you have the right to upload it. But this sets an uncomfortable precedent for Youtubers who make their living from Let's Plays and other self-created game content: they are now unlikely to feature Nintendo games, and if other publishers were to follow suit it would be a monumental shake-up.