‘Macbeth’ Helmer Kurzel Tapped to Direct ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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After recently tapping Doug Liman to direct its adaptation of the Ubisoft game “Splinter Cell,” New Regency looks to have zeroed in on a director for its other major videogame adaptation.

New Regency is in talks with Justin Kurzel to direct “Assassin’s Creed,” which stars Michael Fassbender. Kurzel is finishing production on an adaptation of “Macbeth,” which stars Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Fox is on board to distribute “Creed” with Fassbender and Conor McCaughan producing the pic. Michael Lesslie was most recently tasked to do a rewrite on the script.

The game’s story follows a a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors — all of them assassins — and retrieve artifacts.

Ubisoft and New Regency had looked at several directors for the gig, including Daniel Espinosa and Garreth Evans. Sources say that Fassbender campaigned for Kurzel to get the job.

Kurzel is repped by CAA, HLA Management and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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