Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tom Clancy's Video Games are coming to the Big Screen! Aaand Twice!

Ubisoft is pushing its video games into cinemas as pregnant woman pushes baby while in labor. The upcoming years are going to be full of stealth action, shooting, explosions, national conspiracies, and Sam Fisher. Two sub-franchises from Tom Clancy series of video games already received green light, big names and fruitful amount of fans and are coming in 2014-2015. The word is about Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Movie

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie

Let's look at Sam Fisher first. The recent word around the block is that Batman's strongest villain - Bane a.k.a Tom Hardy will be playing Sam Fisher, the main character in Splinter Cell series. 

"Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills," said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. 

Players in the video game make a strong connection with Sam because it is the character they control, it is the character they kill 'bad guys' with, so let’s hope Tom Hardy can deliver persuasive performance. The writer is, well, lets say talented - Eric Singer and the director's debut hat is on Basil Iwanyk's head. So far the release date is TBA 2014, but I see it in 2015 at earliest. There have been few YouTube movie experiments, and the one by Warialasky is the most entertaining:

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon movie

In comparison with Splinter Cell series that has 7 video games releases, Ghost Recon is a little ahead with 13 video game releases so far. But Ghost Recon is also a little ahead when it comes to professional film representation. Back in 2012, Ridley Scott helped Ubisoft produce a short movie called Ghost Recon Alpha as a marketing strategy to raise sales of their new video game release. I think it worked, and the short film is actually high quality material, have a look:

But, Ubisoft aims much higher. They want a full-length feature movie from Ghost Recon video game series. And they are sure picking their directors very, but very carefully and picked Michael Bay, whom is just finishing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It will be Bay's first time to make a video game based movie. Ghost Recon fits perfectly into Bay's movie 'type'. Maybe he will get Megan Fox with him :-) But seriously, the movie is at the moment picking up screenwriter and is assumed to be released in 2015, but again, I would add at least one more year.

So which one are you excited more about?

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