We already knew that Ubisoft is looking to transition two of its biggest franchises, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, onto the big screen, but it looks like the French publishing giant won’t be stopping there. They want a Ghost Recon movie, too.
A recent report from the Los Angeles Times says that Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive of Ubisoft’s Motion Pictures unit that was launched two years ago, is cooking up a pitch for a movie based on the Ghost Recon franchise.
It will likely be quite awhile before we see anything of the Ghost Recon movie, if ever. The film is still in its pitch stages — and very early into that stage, from the sound of things.
Ubisoft certainly isn’t the first publisher to try to make a movie out of a popular video game franchise, but they are going about it in a fairly unique way. Typically, publishers will license off a franchise and leave all of the decisions up to the filmmakers, but Baronnet says that Ubisoft is maintaining at least some creative control.
“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,” Baronnet said. “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.”
Before Ubisoft tackles a Ghost Recon movie, however, the publisher still has to finish the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell movies, both of which are due out “no later” than 2014.
Considering that Ghost Recon isn’t quite as popular as, say, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, do you think Ubisoft should even bother with a film adaptation?