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The past few months have seen the video game movie genre come back in full force. While there was a time when it seemed that the trend was waning - notably right around when Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time completely failed at the domestic box office - the past few months have seen it reemerge. Tom Hardy has signed on for the lead role in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Michael Fassbender will be starring in the Assassin's Creed adaptation, Aaron Paul is heading up a Need For Speed movie, Gears of War is back in development, the director of Sinister is bringing Deus Ex: Human Revolution to the big screen, and there was even word that the Asteroids film (yes, based on the Atari game) has gotten a new writer - and that's just going back to October. But Hollywood still isn't done.
Ubisoft, which is also behind the Assassins Creed film, Splinter Cell and Dues Ex, is now in the midst of putting together a pitch for a movie based on Ghost Recon, another Tom Clancy game that was first released back in 2001. There have been nine versions released since, including both Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, which came out last year.
The Los Angeles Times, which broke the news of the developing project, says that Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive of Ubisoft Motion Pictures is working on the pitch, but no further details about the project are given. In the original game the player is put in charge of a U.S. Army Special Forces squad and led into dangerous missions.
The critical reception for video game movies is well documented, with no title ever managing to earn a majority of positive reviews, but perhaps this new batch could spark something.