A few months back, Michael Bay teamed up with video game maker Ubisoft to help them develop their massively popular Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series into a movie that would hopefully prove the first in a franchise. Though he agreed to produce the picture, Bay is reportedly holding onto the option to direct until he gets a look at the still nonexistent script. Well, we’re now one step closer to finding out if Ghost Recon will be a Bay-directed property as Variety reports the project has finally found some screenwriters.
Human Target and Jericho writer-producers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to translate the key elements of the game into a rousing action-adventure movie. Ghost Recon games center on a fictional U.S. Army Special Forces unit that basically serves as the president’s private army. Advantages of this special assignment include top of the line technology and the command to take down dangerous threats to America without leaving a trace. Basically, it’s some great bare bones to build a thrilling blockbuster.
Still, Federman and Scaia have an intimidating task ahead of them, as their script will determine whether or not Ubisoft lands Bay to direct. Bay is a controversial figure among movie fans, but the game creator turned production company is hungry for the kind of box office spectacles he masterminds. Case and point, the last Transformers movie Dark of the Moon brought in more than $1.1 billion worldwide. Should Bay like Federman and Scaia’s yet-to-be-written draft, he would make Ghost Recon his next directorial effort after Transformers: Age of Extinction.
This isn’t the only hot property the screenwriting duo has going for them though. Federman and Scaia are currently finalizing their adapted screenplay for Y: The Last Man for New Line. Based on the graphic novel, the dystopian science-fiction tale follows amateur escape artist Yorick Brown, who is the only man to have survived a mystery plague that simultaneously killed every other Y-chromosome carrier in the world—well except for his pet monkey Ampersand. The pair have also been signed to write the Zorro reboot Sony’s been developing. Basically, these two are on fire. But we’ll have to wait and see if they’ll live up to their fast-growing reputation.
In the meantime, Ubisoft has a couple other intriguing irons in the fire. Aiming to control their creative properties the way Marvel has (which is to say, like a boss), Ubisoft has been lining up some serious talent to their upcoming slate. Last year they attached Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy to front Splinter Cell, and signed up X-Men: First Class’s Michael Fassbender for their Assassin’s Creed adaptation. Could these projects turn around the video game genre the way Marvel’s movies revitalized the superhero genre? We’ll see.
Below you can check out a trailer for the game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, which was release in 2012: