It seems there’s no stopping Ubisoft. After the video game developer opened up a special film division of the company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, there has been a nonstop stream of news pouring in about the studio’s upcoming films. First, there was the announcement of an Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class), followed by the exciting news that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) was signed on for a Splinter Cell adaptation.
Now Ubisoft is looking to bring their long-running tactical shooter series Ghost Recon to the big screen. Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive of Ubisoft Motion Pictures is putting together a big pitch for a feature film making this a potential third film for the ambitious production studio. No plot ideas have been discussed, so we still have a while to wait for a full reveal.
Films based on video games are nothing new, but they have had very little success in the past outside of the Resident Evil franchise. This is mostly due to film studios not properly understanding the source material, and game developers having no direct interaction with producers and script writers. Baronnet is hoping to change all of that, stating:
If you look at past adaptations of games to movies, none were done by an integrated gaming company that put a movie structure inside of itself… We’re not here to just license and we’re not here to produce big movies ourselves. We are really in the middle of it.
Ubisoft isn’t the only development studio to announce upcoming films, as Square Enix has discussed an upcoming Deus Ex adaptation, and there have even been talks of an animated Angry Birds film. The sudden rise of video-game-based movies isn’t much of a surprise, as gaming culture has become much more mainstream over the past few years. While many gamers are still skeptical of how these franchises will be handled, the inclusion of such big names like Fassbender and Hardy gives a lot of hope for the future of the genre.
We’ll have more updates on Ghost Recon as they are released.