Ubisoft announced all of the way back in 2011 that the hit game franchise would be getting a cinematic feature and that it would be in 3D. No one was really sure what was going to come of the movie, or which of the many iterations the movie would follow; at least until it was announced that the movie would be following a story NOT seen in any of the games.
This can be seen as a good or bad move. The fact that they're separating it means that it can't be compared to the games as harshly as an adaptation, rather it's more of a dip into the world of the characters. However, this could have problems because the story has to be as good, if not better, than the original story. The movie also has to fit into an already established universe without damaging the timeline of the games.
Now, five years after the movie was announced, we finally have our first glimpse into the world with it's trailer. And the consensus? It's looking pretty sweet, with Michael Fassbender playing the lead as Callum Lynch and his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha.
From what I see, the movie fits into a time where the game canon Assassins would have been present: The Spanish Inquisition. However, they have to be careful of when in the 1400's they set the film. If they set it in the 1470's, there could be an issue of the movie happening at the same time as Assassin's Creed II. This movie also has a lot riding on it, being a possible contender to break the Video Game Movie Curse and attempting to start a trilogy for Ubisoft. So, we'll have to see if it lives up to the fan's expectations.... and stands up against the other blockbusters opening the same weekend.
Assassin's Creed is coming out December 21st, 2016.