[Movies] Scott Frank To Rewrite Assassin's Creed Movie
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.16.2013
He also talks about The Wolverine...
In an interview with Creative Screenwriting Magazine, writer Scott Frank revealed he is working on another draft of the Assassin's Creed movie. The previous draft was written by Michael Leslie. Frank was the co-writer of The Wolverine with Mark Bomback. Here are highlights:
On Assassin's Creed: "I'm rewriting Assassin's Creed right now, and what I love about it is that I've never adapted a video game before and it has its own set of challenges. Especially in the world of rewrites, I love trying to do something completely different if I can."
On writing a character like Wolverine who has appeared in five films already: "To be honest, I haven't seen all those movies, and I didn't feel like I had to. I sort of felt like "Okay, I get it." [Laughs] I was really focused on working with Jim [Mangold], trying to figure out how we could tell a somewhat complex story and make it more personal this time. It was more about that than any sort of awareness of what came before. Obviously there are things involving Jean Grey and we were using pieces of that to a degree, but for the most part I have to say that I was really just thinking about this story—and probably foolishly—as its own story. I just kept thinking of him as a character and the dilemma he faces as a character, and that he lives it every day. That is far more interesting to me than the action sequences. He's a sadder, more brooding character, and I tend to respond to that more."
On what Wolverine comics inspired him: "As a rule, I don't like superhero movies—you get sick of the person who's invincible, and it gets boring after a while if nothing can hurt them. I was never really interested in the genre before, but Jim did two things: One, he said that he wanted to do the movie in the tone of The Outlaw Josey Wales, which I thought was interesting. Two, the only comic book I read was Old Man Logan, which I just loved. I loved the attitude of the character, I loved the look of the comic, I loved everything. A third influence was the script I read—I read Mark Bomback's rewrite of Chris McQuarrie's script—and I liked the idea of a man who starts off isolated and is a loner and has intentionally removed himself from society. I thought that was a really interesting way to start. For me, the other thing that intrigued me in the script I read was that in the last five minutes of the movie, Wolverine lost his super powers, though he quickly got them back in time to defeat the antagonist. But I thought, what if he lost his super powers on page twenty?"