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Michael Bay to develop Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon

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Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay is to develop Ubisoft computer game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon into a potential film franchise at Warner Bros.

The Transformers luminary may even direct the project himself.

The deal, revealed by Variety, would mark the first time that Bay has worked with Warner Bros following projects with Disney and DreamWorks and Paramount.

The Ghost Recon games follow a fictional unit of the US Army Special Forces that serve as the President’s private army. They subsequently use the latest technology to infiltrate and take down threats around the world.

Jean Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said in a statement: “These guys don’t belong to any specific organization. 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.”

According to Variety, Ubisoft was keen to work with Bay because they consider the director to be “a master at action movies”. His CV thus far includes entries such as Bad Boys, The Rock and the Transformers franchise, the fourth installment of which he is just about to start filming with Mark Wahlberg.

They are also keen to get things moving quickly, possibly to enable Bay to direct. They intend to have hired a screenwriter later this month and start attaching acting talent in July.

Ghost Recon is the third Ubisoft title to be turned into a movie following Assassin’s Creed, which has Michael Fassbender attached, and Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy.

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