Ubisoft want it noted that their arsenal of weapons in Ghost Recon are all "very grounded." This is the third IP from Ubisoft to get the silver screen treatment after Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed.
The Ghost Recon team handles assignments the regular US military couldn't undertake, and operate as the president's private special forces, tasked with leaving no trace.
“These guys don’t belong to any specific organization,” Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “They’re in the field where the U.S. troops are not supposed to be. 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.”
The publisher feels that Michael Bay is perfect for the project "because he is a master at action movies,” added Baronnet. Currently Bay is directing Transformers 4 for Paramount. If this proceeds then it would be the first time Bay has worked with Warner Brothers who would distribute the film.
The plan is to have scriptwriters tackle Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon soon and to start casting in July, if Michael Bay is interested in pursuing the project. "When we started Ubisoft Motion Pictures we wanted to be able to maintain creative control of our franchises,” Baronnet said. “We wanted to be in a situation where we’re not making mainstream movies but movies that can respect the DNA of our game franchises. Today it’s real.”
To Ubisofts credit they seem hell-bent on maintaining that 'DNA', but whether that proves enough we'll have to wait and see. Assassin's Creed with actor Michael Fassbender is due out in 2015.
A short film already exists for Ghost Recon that was directed by Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy, and produced by Ridley Scott. It was called Ghost Recon Alpha.