UbiSoft Will Pitch a Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Movie

The video game company is already prepping its own adaptations of Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

UbiSoft doesn't want to end up like the other video game companies, whose hard work and excellent games have repeatedly been adapted into atrocious motion pictures like Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and Silent Hill: Revelation. They're taking the reins of their own movies, and have hired Jean-Julien Baronnet to head their very own Motion Pictures Unit. You may know his work as the Chief Executive Officer of EuropaCorp, the production company behind such recent films as Lockout and Taken 2. He's now in charge of such previously announced UbiSoft video game adaptations as Splinter Cell, starring Tom Hardy, and Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender. Now, it looks like you can add Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon to that list. 

The series of tactical shooter games has long been a big moneymaker for UbiSoft, which published the first game in the series back in 2001, and most recently published Ghost Recon: Future Soldier in May of 2012. The news of UbiSoft's motion picture plans for Ghost Recon came from The Los Angeles Times, which ran a piece of the company's efforts to oversee their own films yesterday, January 1. The article says that Baronnet is "putting together a pitch for a movie based on the Ghost Recon games about a special operations military squad." Further information, like which game the film would be based on – there are more than ten to choose from – was not provided.

In any case, it appears that none of planned UbiSoft movies, expected to be budgeted at over $100 million each, will be released before late 2014, if then. Since Ghost Recon is still at the pitch stage, it seems unlikely that production will move forward anytime in the near future, meaning that both Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed are more likely to hit theaters first, provided they come out at all. (It's Hollywood, after all.)

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.