A new live-action Netflix series centered around the world of Assassins Creed was announced in 2020, with its production later being spearheaded by the legendary showrunner Jeb Stuart. This had many fans excited due to Jeb's history in the industry, but sadly the excitement has been short-lived.
Recent news has revealed that Jeb Stuart will no longer be working on the production of Netflix's Assassins Creed series due to "creative differences". Now, many are curious to know the reasons behind Jeb's departure and what the future of the series will look like, so that's exactly what we'll be discussing below.
The Showrunner for Netflix’s Assassins Creed Series Leaves Production
As mentioned previously, Jeb Stuart stated in a recent interview that he would no longer be involved in the production of the upcoming live-action Assassins Creed Netflix series. When asked why, Jeb's response was slightly vague, but boiled down to creative differences, though he held no ill will towards Ubisoft, the creators of Assassins Creed, or Netflix.
"Without going into all the details, I developed the series out of L.A. [but] it was moved over to London, and I think that's the best situation as far as that's concerned. I feel like the London executives want to take it in a different direction, so we decided to part paths. So I'm not involved in Assassin's Creed, but I know it's going to be a great show when they make it."
This news comes as disappointing to many fans as Jeb Stuart's resume holds some of the most prestigious action titles in history, such as Netflix's Vikings: Valhalla, Die Hard, and The Fugitive (some of the greatest action movies to date). So getting his leadership on a live-action Assassins Creed set in pre-modern societies (which would have benefited from his experience working on shows like Vikings: Valhalla) would have undoubtedly made the show a highlight of the year and a must-see.
Unfortunately, Stuart's resignation has not been addressed by Ubisoft or Netflix, and until a new showrunner is hired, it is unlikely that we will hear any official statements. Thankfully, we'll be given more than just one Assassin's Creed adaptation in the future as multiple Assassin's Creed series will debut exclusively on Netflix, starting with this live-action show.
In 2022, Ubisoft's Vice President Executive Producer Marc-Alexis Côté confirmed that the show won't be dropping any time soon, as he states that it was "still in early development". But even with a long wait ahead of us, it's exciting to know that we're going to be receiving a fresh look at seeing the world of Assassins Creed on the big screen.