Creeping stealthily towards a jump-off date is Warner Bros. and Michael Bay's adaptation of the Tom Clancy-inspired game Ghost Recon. Variety reports that two screenwriters are now signed on to transform the first-person shooter into something screen-ready.
Smearing themselves in camo makeup and dusting off their Get Some Guide To Special Forces Jargon are Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. The pair are probably best known for their work on TV shows Jericho and Human Target, but they've recently added some major Hollywood assignments to their collective résumé. Tricky ones, too, like 20th Century Fox's Zorro, currently in a holding pattern, and Y: The Last Man, now reportedly back in business with Dan Trachtenberg at the helm.
For those unfamiliar with the fictional Recon team, they’re a unit of the Army Special Forces that basically acts as the President’s personal strike team, taking out threats with all the latest weapons and gadgets. “These guys don’t belong to any specific organization,” Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures told Variety. “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.”
Bay remains unattached beyond Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and Warners and Ubisoft no doubt hope that a Ghost Recon script filled to the brim with the kind of danger-close Bayhem he loves so much will lure him back behind the camera.
Ubisoft also has Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell winding their way through the adaptation process, but this one looks the likeliest to go into production first.