– Werner Herzog is set to direct “Vernon God Little,” an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre’s novel penned by Andrew Birkin (“Perfume”). The coming of age story, set in Texas, follows a teenager who is caught up in the aftermath of a shooting at his high-school committed by his best friend. This was the last project set up by the late producer Bernd Eichinger, and will be taken over by his wife, Katja Eichinger and Stefan Arndt.
– The previously announced big screen adaptation of the “Assassin’s Creed” video games, with Michael Fassbender attached, announces the partnering of Ubisoft and New Regency. The screenplay is being developed and the project is being fast-tracked with Ubisoft maintaining control of the film’s creative elements. Ubisoft’s Jean-Julien Baronnet says bringing on New Regency “ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
The game, first introduced in 2007, centers on Desmond Miles, a bartender who is kidnapped and forced by a corporation to use the Animus machine to relive memories of his ancestor, Altair, who was an assassin during the Crusades in the middle east. Follow-up games place him in 14th century Italy and colonial America at the end of the 18th century.