We all know about the upcoming Castlevania series that’s set to hit Netflix on Friday. However, it now appears that the producer of that series, Adi Shankar, has chosen his next project for the streaming service. Posting on his Facebook page, Shankar stated, “I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project”, accompanying the post with an image from the Assassins Creed series of games from developer Ubisoft.
We talked, back in March, about the rumors of an Assassins Creed series coming to Netflix. Now that a producer has signed on, it looks like this is becoming a reality. There are no other solid details about the series being made public, but based on the huge buzz created by Ubisoft’s reveal of Assassins Creed Origins at this year’s E3 conference, and Shankar’s impressive track record for embracing the R-Rated aesthetic, a project like this could almost redeem 2016’s Michael Fassbender film.
It makes one wonder where & when the series will be set, what characters we could see, and what struggles the Assassin Order will face. Will there be a Piece of Eden? Which historical figured might make appearances? What will be the historical backdrop?
These are things that we really hope Shankar (known for producing movies like 2011’s The Grey and 2012’s Dredd) takes into account when putting this series together. With the fact that Ubisoft seemingly hand-picked him, though, we retain a bit of hope for something good.
With Ubisoft already having made the 2 (pretty amazing) animated short films Assassin’s Creed: Ascendance and Assassin’s Creed: Embers, an animated series based in the world of our favorite hooded assassins has some promise. We’ll just have to cross our fingers that Adi Shankar does the series justice. Our hope comes, of course, after seeing Shankar’s previous work in live action. His theatrical releases like Dredd and his short films like The Punisher: Dirty Laundry took established characters from previous films (and comic books) and made them more engaging and gave them more depth.
Through Adi Shankar’s own words, we know that he has at least played one iteration of the game. Let’s hope he’s gone on to play more of them in light of this new project, so that he has more of an idea of what might be expected of him from fans of the franchise.
What say you, dear readers? Are you hopeful for Adi Shankar taking the production reins on an animated Assassins Creed series? Are you hopeful for the series at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Adi Shankar’s other project, Netflix’s Castlevania series, premieres this Friday (July 7th).