Michael Bay signs on to develop ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon’

'Transformers' director will work on the project for Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Warner Bros.

Michael Bay has signed on to develop Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon for Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Warner Bros.

The Transformers director will work on developing the popular video game, which has sold more than 25 million units over nine titles, into a blockbuster franchise, reports Variety.

The Ghost Recon games follow a fictional unit of the US Special Forces that act as a special, secretive army for the President. The group use the latest technology to go behind enemy lines, take down threats and exit without leaving a trace.

“These guys don’t belong to any specific organisation,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “They’re in the field where the US 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.”

Ghost Recon, which is set to begin casting next month (July), is the third game by Ubisoft to be adapted into a film, after it was announced in the past year that Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell were entering production. Assassin’s Creed is set for a 2015 release, and will star Michael Fassbender.

Meanwhile, Michael Bay’s latest film, Pain & Gain, an action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, opens in UK cinemas on August 28. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.