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“Assassin’s Creed” gets tapped by Hollywood

“Assassin’s Creed” gets tapped by Hollywood (photo)

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Video game movies haven’t exactly fared well at the box office, but that isn’t stopping Sony from trying. After what’s described by Variety as a lengthy bidding war, the studio has secured the rights to develop a feature film based on UbiSoft’s uber-popular “Assassin’s Creed” franchise.

The biggest surprise isn’t the deal itself, but that it took this long for Hollywood to come calling. With three primary titles already released and a fourth coming in November, the “Assassin’s” line has been a cash cow for the gaming company, with over 30 million copies sold since its 2007 debut. Given its success, it’s not a surprise that Sony is reportedly eying its new acquisition as a major tentpole release.

All four games follow Desmond Miles, who initially finds himself kidnapped by an evil corporation and is subsequently forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors in hopes of locating a series of relics which could control the world. The games span centuries and locations, ranging from Jerusalem during the Crusades to Florence and Rome during the Italian Renaissance. The latest title, “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” transports players to 16th century Constantinople.

The games are known for their heavy reliance on free-roaming parkour, meaning the character races through streets, climbs up buildings and jumps across rooftops without slowing down. Assassinations play a key role in the stories, with the player quietly stalking his victims and taking them out with a variety of attacks and from a number of varying angles.

“Assassin’s Creed” is just one of a few titles that UbiSoft hopes to bring to Hollywood. “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” and “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon” are also on the menu.

Are you interested to see what a movie version of “Assassin’s Creed” would look like? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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