After winning Academy Awards for their critically acclaimed animated short, Logorama, it's no surprise to hear that directors Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy are turning their skills toward live-action film. What is surprising however, is the project the pair have agreed to take on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alaux and de Crecy have agreed to direct a live-action short film based on the popular Ghost Recon video game franchise. Per the THR article, the film will be a 20-minute prequel to the newest Ghost Recon release, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Besides Alaux and de Crecy, the Ghost Recon project has other notable names attached, including screenwriter Tim Sexton, who co-wrote the sci-fi drama Children of Men as well as Ridley and Tony Scott whose company, RSA, is producing the film.
I'm not a huge gamer (you've got to turn to the excellent writers at Game Rant for that kind of knowledge), but as a film fan, I think this is a pretty cool idea. When I do play video games, I like being totally immersed in the story, and having additional media to provide context is a great way to do that. Furthermore, since Ubisoft (the makers of Ghost Recon) are throwing between $8 to $10 million into a 20 minute film, you can expect a fairly high production value, which is always great news.
To get an idea of what the Ghost Recon live-action short might be like, fans can take a look back at another Ubisoft-sponsored film for the game Assassin's Creed 2. That film, which was entitled Assassin's Creed: Lineage, premiered back in October in anticipation of the November release of Assassin's Creed 2.
Considering this is the second time Ubisoft has financed a live-action film to promote one of its games, I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a regular custom for big releases. What do you think? Is it a good idea to expand the narrative of a video game with a live-action film? Do you think the creative minds behind Logorama are the right pick for this project?