Ghost Recon, Rayman Raving Rabbids adaptations developed by UbiSoft. The Ghost Recon and Rayman videogames, produced by Ubisoft, are being adaptated into a film and a TV show respectively. The latter will be an animated TV show and is “being financed by Nickelodeon in the States, and other networks around the globe.” Jean-Julien Baronnet, head of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is spear-heading these adaptations and others as well. Ubusoft or “Ubisoft Entertainment S.A….is a French global video game publisher and developer, with headquarters in Montreuil, France…It is currently the third largest independent game publisher in Europe, and the third largest in the United States.”
Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ approach to film adaptations from Baronnet:
If you look at past adaptations of games to movies, none were done by an integrated gaming company that put a movie structure inside of itself. We’re not here to just license and we’re not here to produce big movies ourselves. We are really in the middle of it.
On the Ghost Recon videogame:
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon is an American series of military tactical shooter video games created by Red Storm Entertainment, the game development studio founded in part by American author Tom Clancy.
In the series, the player is in charge of a fictional, newly-conceived squad of U.S. Army Special Forces operators from Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (5th SFG) stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Except for the “1st Battalion, 5th SFG” designation, this unit is entirely fictional, as Special Forces Battalions currently only support three Companies (A, B and C). They are sometimes referred to as “the Ghosts”. Their role is not unlike other real world special operations forces, in that their operations are kept highly classified.
On the Rayman Raving Rabbids videogame:
Rayman Raving Rabbids, known in French as Rayman contre les Lapins Crétins (literally meaning “Rayman against the Moronic Rabbits”), is a spinoff in the Rayman series released by the French company Ubisoft as a Wii launch title. The game consists of 75 minigames. The game is primarily designed with the Wii Remote in mind, but is also available on Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360.
Ubisoft released a sequel to the game, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, in November 2007, and released the third game in the series, Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party in November 2008. The fourth game in the series, Rabbids Go Home was released in 2009, though only on the Wii and DS systems. A fifth game, Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, was released in 2010. A sixth game, Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking was released in 2011 only for Xbox 360 (which requires Kinect.)