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Michael Bay Developing & Possibly Directing Ubisoft's 'Ghost Recon'

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June 11, 2013
Source: Variety

Ghost Recon

Director Michael Bay has been introducing audiences to some of the new Transformers like the Autobot Hound and new designs for familiar heroes like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, but following the blockbuster sequel (which will be his last film in the franchise before handing off the series to a new director), the explosive filmmaker already has another gig lined up. Variety reports Bay has signed on to develop Ubisoft's video game, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, into a feature film. In addition, Bay also has his eye on directing the adaptation depending on how the film moves through development. More below!

For those who aren't familiar with the Ghost Recon video game franchise, it's inspired by the novels of Tom Clancy and follows "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." There are nine titles that have sold over 24 million copies worldwide. Unlike most other video game movies, Ubisoft is making sure they take more control in how the games are adapted to film "with an eye toward maintaining the DNA of the games while telling a brand new story not based on what gamers have already played."

A taste of Ghost Recon with a short directed by Francois Alaux & Herve de Crecy, produced by Ridley Scott:

Right now the search is on for a writer with Bay developing the project through his Platinum Dunes production banner. If the script should tickle Bay's fancy, then he might step up to direct. Ubisoft says they're interested in Bay because "he is a master at action movies." But just because this is a video game adaptation from the director of Armageddon and Transformers, don't expect any out of this world storylines. Jean Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures says, "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.” Video game adaptations have proven to be a challenge for many directors, but maybe Bay can crack the genre if he should end up getting behind the camera.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

Goodbye Ghost Recon, Rest in Peace...-lowers flag-

Charlie Hard on Jun 11, 2013

2

So much for Ubisoft taking care of their movies... Nah, just playing the cynical dude. Not sure what to make of this.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 11, 2013

3

Great choice. Michael Bay is a great director, stop with the hate. Shia and megan fox would both be perfect for this. The rock was great, and it had the same military theme.

qwqwrq on Jun 11, 2013

4

To any Ghost Recon fans out there; I know this must be a sad moment, but one day we'll all look back on this and laugh HAHAHAAAHAHA HA

Richie G on Jun 11, 2013

5

Ghost Recon: Explosions and Tons of Inaccuracies The Movie

Charlie Hard on Jun 11, 2013

6

All been said before, Boycott Bay!

Rob on Jun 11, 2013

7

Not expecting much from the movie, but that short was awesome. Smart and believable action and technologies, believable military tactics, directed and acted well. The only thing I didn't like was the enemy unit's tactics. If they were well trained soldiers, they wouldn't have formed in a line perpendicular to the approach using no cover whatsoever, even with that camouflage technology.

Elbak on Jun 11, 2013

8

Great. Some more of that over-saturated, misogynistic, moronically fast-paced, braindead crap that a lot of ADHD idiotic teenagers, obsessed with porn and masturbation, will definitely want to see.

fefomato on Jun 11, 2013

9

That's a cheap shot. I'm obsessed with porn and masturbation but I don't want to see this.

fefotato on Jun 11, 2013

10

He could do it.

DAVIDPD on Jun 11, 2013

11

they should get ridley scott to direct after producing that short and directing gi jane and black hawk down. Wishful thinking though.

Britain Roush on Jun 11, 2013

12

They should definitely get someone who does not get a hard one about military.Bays fetish about military is one of many ..MANY reasons why his movies suck.A director who is not into military porn would make for a better movie 'cus imo it would be more balanced and realistic than explosions "extravaganza" without any meaningful story we usually get with Bay.Even The Rock would suck if not for the cast. The movie needs a director with a mature,grown up view of the military.

Yab on Jun 12, 2013

13

Again, Ridley Scott.

Britain Roush on Jun 12, 2013

14

this is great! i hope for that

Bob on Jun 12, 2013

15

Transformers first trailer made angry fans amazed,this will happen again.

Bob on Jun 13, 2013

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