'Assassin's Creed' Series Loses Showrunner Jeb Stuart [Exclusive]
"I knew it was going to be great when it came out."
Netflix has released several animated and live-action video game adaptations over the past few years, which has gone a long way toward changing the notion that video game adaptations are bad. These include critically acclaimed series like Castlevania, Arcane, and most recently the incredible Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. The streaming service also has a number of upcoming projects, including an adaptation of Ubisoft's flagship series Assassin's Creed. We previously reported that the series would have Vikings: Valhalla (Die Hard) and The Fugitive writer-showrunner Jeb Stuart as series producer, but a recent update suggests he has left. this project.
Collider's Steven Weintraub had the opportunity to speak with Stewart about Vikings: Valhalla season 2, and asked him if he was still working on Assassin's Creed, Stewart said he was "no longer involved" in the project. Weintraub then asked what caused the split between the two parties, asking if it was a "difference in perception." Stewart elaborated: ^The initial announcement of the Netflix series was made during Ubisoft's Forward Livestream in September 2022 when the series was described Assassin's Creed VP executive producer Marc-Alexis Côté's "epic, genre-bending live-action adaptation," though finer details of the series' plot have yet to be revealed. Still in early development, the series is co-produced by Ubisoft Video and Netflix. A new showrunner for the series has yet to be revealed. The Netflix series will be the third live-action adaptation of Assassin's Creed, following Bloodlines, a short film released to promote Assassin's Creed II, and the 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender. Adapted the movie "Assassin's Creed" in theater version.
"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."
September's Ubisoft Forward event featured several future projects in the Assassin's Creed series, the next mainline video game entry in the series Assassin's Creed Mirage, set in 9th-century Baghdad and scheduled for release in 2023. They also previewed an open-world mobile game "Codename Jade" currently only set in China as well as a Japanese AAA game "Codename Red" and another AAA game called "Codename Hexe" set during the Wurzburg Witch Trials . There's also an update for Assassin's Creed Infinite, which will be the centerpiece of the future historical fiction series.
Other Upcoming Assassin's Creed Projects
Live version The Assassin's Creed series on Netflix is currently in early development. Stay tuned to Collider for future updates on the video game adaptation. You can check out the Assassin's Creed Phantoms trailer below, and find out more soon from our exclusive interview with Jeb Stuart.