Ubisoft is gearing up their third self-produced video game adaption. In the past, they let Hollywood run with their properties to disastrous results like 2010′s Prince Of Persia. Now Ubisoft is packaging the films themselves and shopping them to studios. They wanted to “maintain creative control” and “respect the DNA” of their games, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. They’ve already packaged, funded, and secured a release date for Assassin’s Creed starring Micheal Fassbender. Tom Hardy is attached to their second adaptation, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
In their pursuit of respecting the DNA, Ubisoft has signed Michael Bay to develop Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon for a potential movie franchise at Warner, and he may also direct it. Uh, Okay.
Ubisoft is now also meeting with screenwriters to tackle Ghost Recon, with Bay overseeing its development. Should he spark to the script, he could direct the film. The goal is to hire screenwriters later this month and start attaching talent in July. Ubisoft has the rights to use Tom Clancy’s name in the film title. [Variety]
In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, a secret unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces uses the newest, still-classified weapons to do missions while leaving no trace the U.S. Government was involved. The franchise includes nine games and four expansions so far with over 24 million units sold.
Ubisoft and producer Ridley Scott even made this 24-minute short film called “Ghost Recon Alpha” based on the games. Bet this has a more coherent plot than Michael Bay’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. Also a more coherent title.