Warning: Spoilers for the Assassin's Creed movie lie in wait!
Death in action movies is mostly a good thing, at least for entertainment value's sake. Okay, so the permanence of it isn't all that affecting when it's the bad guys dying in droves, but what happens when you decide to knock off everyone—sympathetic side-kicks 'n all?
Assassin's Creed, the middlingly received blockbuster from January, passed as another barely noteworthy video game adaptation. Though perhaps it would've turned more heads had audiences seen the movie's shocking original ending.
You Can't Kill Off Everyone
That's what Assassin's Creed director Justin Kurzel and editor Christopher Tellefsen realized after they decided to cut the bloodbath that now survives as an alternate ending to the movie.
In the final version Callum Lynch, the movie's protagonist (Michael Fassbender), escapes the Abstergo facility with a bunch of his fellow assassins, resulting in a happy ending that sets up Cal and friends to protect the Apple from the Templars in the future.
This likely left audiences feeling content, knowing everything is as it should be—the good guys won in the end without too many grievous losses on their side. Exactly what you're looking for when you go to the movie theater to momentarily escape the harsh realities of life.
... Or You Can, But People Won't Like It
Here, Fassbender's Cal ends up the sole survivor of the facility's team of assassins/prisoners, as the others die heroically in the epic fight scene you can watch above, courtesy of Collider. And even the skilled Cal doesn't leave the battle without injuries, as he takes an arrow to what might be the knee.
According to Justin Kurzel and Christopher Tellefsen, this ending was screened to test audiences when the movie was still in production. As you can see in the clip, the scene is far from finished. You can spot wire rigging and green screens all around.
Nonetheless, it was enough to give the test audience an unpolished depiction of how Assassin's Creed could potentially end. And they didn't like it. It was too brutal. As Christopher Tellefsen puts it in the clip:
“People were not satisfied with him being alone. They definitely wished for him to have a tribe, to be initiated into something.”
Which we can understand. Following the assassins' training for an entire movie just to have them gunned down by mere security guards would leave anyone feeling a bit empty. Though perhaps that was the intention?
A Sequel Is In The Works
Even though the Assassin's Creed movie wasn't well-received by critics it did all right in the box offices around the world. Apparently it did so well that a sequel is said to be in pre-production already.
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The new movie is rumored to feature some of the characters from the first movie, including Michael Fassbender and a bunch of the assassins that survived thanks to the life-loving test audiences.
Would you like to have seen another ending to the Assassin's Creed movie?