Netflix has found several niche genres lately which have set their original content apart from the original offerings of other streaming services. Netflix has been flooding their library with exclusive stand-up comedy specials and has scored major critical acclaim with their original true-crime documentary series. Comic book fans have been flocking to Netflix in great numbers for their five gritty Marvel Universe series. Now, Netflix seems poised to capitalize on the gamer crowd with the announcement of several original video game adaptations such as Carmen Sandiego and the soon-to-be released Castlevania animated series which were announced earlier this year to great fanfare. Just this week, however, Netflix kicked things up a notch thanks to an announcement about an upcoming Assassin’s Creed anime series which has just begun development.
The series will be directed by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey), who also directs the Castlevania series. Shankar earned some serious nerd cred in 2015 when he released his fan film “deboot” Power/Rangers which revisited the classic martial arts series and featured James Van Der Beek. Shankar posted an emotional announcement to Facebook in which he expressed his utmost gratitude for being given the chance to adapt one of his favorite game franchises:
I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.
Details about the series are still scarce. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the series, and Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft has issued a statement stating only that they “are working with Adi Shankar on some projects, and will have more to share at a later date.” As more news of this series develops, let’s just hope Shankar’s adaptation is nothing like the disastrous 2016 film version.