Assassin’s Creed Takes a Leap of Faith in Name of Realism

The film adaptation of Assassin's Creed has become sort of an enigma. We've been told that neither 20th Century Fox nor Ubisoft care if the film is all that great. With a $200 million budget, that is odd. Yes, video game adaptations are rarely good. We get it. But lowering expectations this much is nuts, especially with a strong trailer. We are left with no idea what to think.

Assassin's Creed Leap of Faith

Assassin's Creed Film Does Leap of Faith Stunt

While execs claim they might not care, the production crew most certainly does. Take for instance the latest behind the scenes clip from production. The "leap of faith" in the game is one of the most coveted maneuvers, so it makes sense to include it in the film. But what a tough effect indeed. While one can understand if director Justin Kurzel wanted to use VFX and CG to pull off the effect, he instead went with realism. A difficult stunt that hasn't been attempted in film in over three decades, a stuntman was able to pull off a real Leap of Faith.

In the name of safety, a few lower jumps were attempted (somewhat unsuccessfully) beginning at 70 feet. With each jump getting pushed up a couple more stories until 125 feet was successfully pulled off. For fans of the franchise hoping to see a real Leap of Faith, this may be your one and only chance.