Assassin's Creed: Into the Animus is an art and production book featuring content from the Assassin's Creed film. The book was written by Ian Nathan, with a foreword by Ubisoft CEO Gérard Guillemot. It was published by Titan Books and released on 21 December 2016.
The book details the conception and creation behind the Assassin's Creed film. It includes concept art and interviews from crew members.
Become a part of history in this visually stunning exploration of the art and creation of the Assassin’s Creed film.
Almost a decade after the release of Ubisoft’s massively popular action-adventure game, the world of Assassins and Templars now comes to the big screen with Assassin’s Creed, directed by Justin Kurzel. With two protagonists separated by centuries of history yet linked by their DNA, the film represents a uniquely intricate filmmaking experience, necessitating the re-creation of a historically accurate fifteenth-century Spain and a technologically advanced present.
Assassin’s Creed: Into the Animus tells the full story behind the filmmaking journey, from the in-depth research into the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition to the intense shooting process in present-day Spain. Featuring the vivid concept art that helped bring the film to life, this deluxe volume also includes comprehensive imagery of the Assassins’ signature weapons, behind-the-scenes details on the creation of the Animus, and photography of the death-defying stunts that are a hallmark of the franchise.
Also featuring exclusive interviews with Kurzel, the films’ incredible stunt and creative team, and key cast members—including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard—Assassin’s Creed: Into the Animus captures the enthusiasm and vivid detail that Kurzel and his team brought to every stage of the film.
- Forword by Gérard Guillemot
- Chapter 1: Rise of the Assassin
- The Perfect Assassin
- Origin of a Brand
- Forging a Movie
- Games and Films
- The Perfect Director
- Assembling the Cast
- Chapter 2: Abstergo
- Introducing Callum
- Into Abstergo
- Introducing Sofia
- Easter Eggs
- The Hidden Assassins
- Inside the Labyrinth
- Chapter 3: The Animus
- The Ultimate Virtual Reality
- Evolution of the Animus
- A Living Machine
- Dancing with the Past
- Eagle Vision
- Chapter 4: The Inquisition
- Cruel Theater
- Choreographing the Assassins
- The Regressions
- The Fine Details
- Chapter 5: Costumes and Weapons
- Looking and Sounding the Part
- Callum's Secret Blade
- The Other Assassins
- The Templars
- Chapter 6: The Artifact
- Discovering Christopher Columbus
- Inside the Apple
- The Future of the Past
- Searching for Meaning
On page 49, there is a secret booklet written in Arabic and Latin. It is 6 pages long and the back cover has an illustration of an apple on it. The first page has "In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful" on the right side.
On page 77, a copy of Callum Lynch's Animus Subject DNA Analysis Report. The report revealed Lynch's date and place of birth being 21 October 1979 and Alcalde, New Mexico respectively. The information in the report also detailed Lynch's medical history.
On page 111, there is a photocopied version of a preliminary pre-art department mock up of the Auto-da-fé set and how the scene and chase would pan out. It is dated 27 March 2015.
On page 141, Alan Rikkin's promotional business card is included. Featured on the card is his email and phone number. Both of which are now out of service.
On page 14, the Emir "Muhammad XVII" is first misspelled as "Muhammed", the error continues throughout. For the Brazilian Portuguese version, this particular error was corrected. On the same page the Assassin María has her name first spelled without the accented 'i'.
On page 141, Sofia Rikkin is described as being "linked by blood to the Templar order, but her affiliation remains elusive." Throughout the movie however, Sofia is seen to be a loyal Templar (although somewhat reluctant to destroy the Assassins). Nothing in any following media shared the implication.
On page 149, Adam and Eve are referred as being "the very first Assassins". This is because the film and book were released prior to Assassin's Creed: Origins, which retconned the Assassin Order as only being founded in 47 BCE. On the same page, the book also confirms that Jesus Christ's powers were granted by a Shroud of Eden and that King Arthur's sword was a Piece of Eden. Jesus' shroud and Arthur's sword were only previously mentioned in Assassin's Creed II's Glyph puzzles.