Transformers director Michael Bay has struck a deal with gaming giants Ubisoft, to develop a movie adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. Variety reports that the film will be developed by Bay and Warner Brothers, and will mark Bay’s first time working with Warners.
Bay is overseeing the development, and a scriptwriter is currently being sought after. Should a good enough script be developed for the film, then it is very likely that Bay will direct. Bay said of the deal struck with Ubisoft:
“Ubisoft’s artistic vision and theGhost Recon franchise’s core tenets convinced me that we could build something special together. It’s a unique title with very cool components – including a huge global canvas with which we will create an amazing film.”
The “Ghost Recon” games revolve around a fictional unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces that essentially 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 organisation,” Jean Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said of the soldiers.
“They’re in the field where the US 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.”
Baronnet also said of the deal with Bay: “Having one of Hollywood’s boldest feature film directors attached to bringing Ghost Recon to the big screen is a dream come true for us,” he continued “because he is a master at action movies,”
Casting for the film is expected to take place in July.
The film is the third high-profile adaptation of one of its games that Ubisoft has set up within the past year, with New Regency co-producing both “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell.” Twentieth Century Fox has already set Memorial Day 2015 as the release date for “Assassin’s Creed,” which will star Michael Fassbender. Tom Hardy will star in Splinter Cell.