With all the video game movie news currently in circulation, there’s reason to believe that we’re in for a storm of video game-based movie releases at some point within the next few years, and perhaps even a revolution of the genre like the one that comic book movies have been enjoying lately. One of the many titles being lined up is Ghost Recon, a movie based on the popular and influential series of tactical military shooters from Ubisoft.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, the game series upon which the film will be based, has been around for over a decade, with numerous titles released across a range of platforms. The Ghost Recon games are set in the not-too-distant-future, usually about seven years or so after their year of release (twelve years, in the case of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier). And while the antagonists vary, there are often Russians involved somehow.
Ghost Recon was originally planned as a 3D movie along with a couple of other Ubisoft titles, though it’s unclear if those intentions have stayed the same since the movie was originally announced. Development seems to be going smoothly, however, as Variety reports that Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, who are also writing an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s comic series Y: The Last Man, have signed on to pen the script for Ghost Recon.
This latest news means that Ghost Recon and Y: The Last Man are now in a race to be the first feature film release scripted by Federman and Scaia. Y: The Last Man has been in development for years and suffered numerous production delays, with both D.J. Caruso and Louis Leterrier having circled the director’s chair in the past and Dan Trachtenberg (Portal: No Escape) taking the job most recently.
Ghost Recon has had less development time but is being produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a new studio created by Ubisoft, which managed to get the gears moving on an Assassin’s Creed movie in an impressively short amount of time. Assassin’s Creed is now set for release in summer 2015 and already quite a few other Ubisoft games are headed to the big screen, with Ghost Recon likely to follow most closely after Assassin’s Creed. UMP has already reached a deal to produce Ghost Recon in collaboration with Warner Bros., and development is being overseen by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes.
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Ghost Recon doesn’t have a fixed release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on any further developments.