Ubisoft Motion Pictures (the newly launched film division of game publisher Ubisoft) has been setting up a number of projects with film studios over recent years. Sony will produce an Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender which is due for release in 2015, and Tom Hardy is attached to a big screen Splinter Cell adaptation. Now Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon is being eyed as a potential film franchise, and Michael Bay may direct it.
According to Variety the project has been set up at Warner Bros. and Bay will oversee its development through his Platinum Dunes production company. Ubisoft is now said to be meeting with screenwriters.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon was launched in 2001 and has since spawned 14 game titles across various platforms. 24 Million games have been sold to date, so you can see why Warner Bros. would be interested in making a movie with a large built-in fan-base. The game follows a fictional unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces that operates as the President’s private army, using the latest technology to infiltrate and take down threats around the world without leaving any traces behind that they exist.
“These guys don’t belong to any specific organization,” Jean Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “They’re in the field where the U.S. troops are not supposed to be. It’s a small team with very strong personalities and very specific skill sets. They’re using weapons nobody knows about but it’s very grounded. It’s not sci-fi.”
Ubisoft wanted to work with Michael Bay “because he is a master at action movies”, and the fact he turned a toy line into a billion dollar movie franchise will have helped seal the deal. Bay recently directed Pain and Gain and he’s currently shooting Transformers 4. No production timeline has been set for the Ghost Recon movie, but it could be Bay’s next project.