Ghost Recon is the next to join Ubisoft’s movie lineup

Ghost Recon Alpha
Above image is from Ghost Recon Alpha.

As I’m reading more news about how Ubisoft is doing everything right in shaping their future movies from their video game properties, I’m shaking my head at other video game studios not jumping at the chance to do something about their own respective properties. I’m also shaking my head at all the horrible movies adapted from video games like Resident Evil (I know some of you guys enjoy this one), Tomb Raider, Tekken, Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and Street Fighter (this one is a guilty pleasure for me). I did, however, enjoy Silent Hill, the first Mortal Kombat, and Hitman.

The first game-to-movie that was announced for Ubisoft Motion Pictures division was Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft got big props for bringing Michael Fassbender on board to play the main character. After that news came out, the company announced that Tom Hardy was going to play Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell movie. The next Ubisoft game to join the Ubisoft Motion Pictures lineup is Ghost Recon, a 1st-person military team-based game.

I bet you that after the failure that was Prince of Persia, Ubisoft was probably thinking, “Crap, we need to stop Hollywood from ruining our movies.” It looks like they actually followed through by creating Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

LA Times received the news that Ghost Recon was the next in line to be made into a movie. It’s a very interesting read, as it really goes into detail on how Ubisoft Motion Pictures is going about things. The man behind the 2-year-old studio is Jean-Julien Baronnet, former head of Luc Besson’s company, EuropaCorp. Instead of teaming up with someone in the Hollywood business, Ubisoft decided to hire one. Smart move. Since Baronnet is under Ubisoft’s employ, that means he’ll have the company’s best intentions on creating movies that will honor its source. He visits Los Angeles for a week every month for casting, script and filmmaking decisions.

“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 during a recent visit to L.A. “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.”

Check out the Ubisoft-produced short, Ghost Recon Alpha, a prequel to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Source: LA Times

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