Skip to main content

Assassin's Creed showrunner is 'no longer involved' in the Netflix series

Netflix's live-action adaptation of the Assassin's Creed video game series has lost its showrunner.

In an exclusive chat with TechRadar, Jeb Stuart confirmed that he was "no longer involved" in the forthcoming Netflix show. Stuart, who joined the project in June 2021, cited creative differences as the main reason behind his departure, but expressed no ill will towards Netflix or Ubisoft – the latter being Assassin's Creed's creators – over the decision to part ways.

Asked by TechRadar for a development update on Assassin's Creed's TV adaptation, Stuart said: "I can tell you right now that I'm no longer involved with Assassin's Creed. 

"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."

See more

Stuart's departure will be viewed as a blow by some Assassin's Creed fans. The screenwriter-producer has plenty of experience when it comes to action-packed historical dramas, including his work on Netflix's Vikings: Valhalla. Stuart's other notable credits include Die Hard and The Fugitive, two of the best action movies of the last 35 years, so a live-action adaptation of Assassin's Creed – particularly one set in the early 11th century, such as Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – would have been in good hands under his stewardship.

Ubisoft and Netflix haven't commented on Stuart's departure, but it's unlikely we'll hear (or read) anything official until a new showrunner is in place. After all, updates on Netflix's adaptation of Assassin's Creed have been few and far between since the project was announced in October 2020. Back then, Ubisoft revealed that multiple Assassin's Creed series would debut exclusively on Netflix, starting with a  "genre-bending live-action epic" in the mould of the action-adventure game series. Various animated Assassin's Creed shows would launch on the streamer following the live-action production.

The last major update from Ubisoft came during the studio's September 2022 Ubisoft Forward event. As part of that presentation, Vice President Executive Producer Marc-Alexis Côté confirmed that the live-action show was "still in early development", suggesting it'll be a long time before we see it arrive on Netflix. Still, even without Stuart, Netflix's Assassin's Creed series can't be any worse than the Michael Fassbender-starring live-action movie we were served up in 2016.

Despite the live-action show's setback, there are other projects for Assassin's Creed fans and history buffs to get excited about. For the former, the next entries in the hit gaming franchise – Assassin's Creed Mirage and Assassin's Creed Infinity – are currently in development. Meanwhile, Vikings Valhalla season 2, the sophomore outing for one of the best Netflix shows, will hit the world's best streaming service on January 13. Be sure to check back with TechRadar next week for our exclusive chat with Stuart and Vikings Valhalla's cast for more on what to expect from season 2.

Source: TechRadar

Popular posts from this blog

Code-generating tools could be more of a security hindrance than help

New research by a group of Stanford-affiliated researchers has uncovered that code-generating AI tools such as Github Copilot can present more security risks than many users may realize. The study looked specifically at Codex, a product of OpenAI, of which Elon Musk is among the co-founders.  Codex powers the Microsoft-owned GitHub Copilot platform, which is designed to make coding easier and more accessible by translating natural language into code and suggesting changes based on contextual evidence. AI-coding problems Lead co-author of the study, Neil Perry, explains that “code-generating systems are currently not a replacement for human developers”. The study asked 47 developers of differing abilities to use Codex for security-related problems, using Python, JavaScript and C programming languages. It concluded that the participants who relied on Codex were more likely to write insecure code compared with a control group. Read more > These are the best laptops for progr

Port of Lisbon hit by ransomware attack

One of Europe’s busiest seaports, the Port of Lisbon, has been hit with a ransomware attack that knocked some of its digital systems offline. "All safety protocols and response measures provided for this type of occurrence were quickly activated, the situation being monitored by the National Cybersecurity Center and the Judicial Police," a statement shared by the Port of Lisbon Administration (APL) with local media earlier this week said. The incident failed to impact the port’s operations, but did take its official website,, offline. LockBit taking responsibility "The Port of Lisbon Administration is working permanently and closely with all competent entities in order to guarantee the security of the systems and respective data," the statement concludes. While the company doesn’t explicitly say it was targeted with ransomware, the LockBit ransomware operator has added APL to its leaks website, taking responsibility for the hit.  The databas

This new Linux malware floods machines with cryptominers and DDoS bots

Cybersecurity researchers have spotted a new Linux malware downloader that targets poorly defended Linux servers with cryptocurrency miners and DDoS IRC bots. Researchers from ASEC discovered the attack after the Shell Script Compiler (SHC) used to create the downloader was uploaded to VirusTotal. Apparently, Korean users were the ones uploading the SHC, and it’s Korean users who are targets, as well. Further analysis has shown that the threat actors are going after poorly defended Linux servers, brute-forcing their way into administrator accounts over SSH.  Mining Monero Once they make their way in, they’ll either install a cryptocurrency miner, or a DDoS IRC bot. The miner being deployed is XMRig, arguably the most popular cryptocurrency miner among hackers. It uses the computing power of a victim's endpoints to generate Monero, a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency whose transactions are seemingly impossible to track, and whose users are allegedly impossible to identify. Fo

Twitter has hidden the chronological feed on iOS again – and I'm furious

In a controversial move, Twitter has brought back a feature that removes the 'Latest Tweets' view for users on iOS, which is something that many users, including me, hated back in March 2022 – and it's now rolling out. The first time the company decided to do this, 'Home' would appear first in a tab at the top, and there was no way of changing it so that 'Latest Tweets' would be the default view. It was reverted back after the company said it was a 'bug' for iOS users. This time though, it's no bug. Instead, it's 'For You' and 'Following' where you can only swipe between them now, which doesn't make much sense for a platform where you're using the platform to keep up to date with who you follow. It's a bizarre change that makes me ask – who wants this, especially during a time when its new owner, Elon Musk, is bringing in and reversing changes almost every week still? This one change will have big consequenc