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Report: The director of Die Hard is doing commercials for Ubisoft now

After more than a year in prison, John McTiernan just turned up doing a spot for Ghost Recon

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

A new trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, released in the United Kingdom last week, has an unlikely director. Vulture reports that it’s none other than John McTiernan, the man behind such classics as Die Hard, Predator and The Hunt for Red October.

It’s also the first directorial work McTiernan has had in nearly 14 years.

How did one of the most prolific directors from the ’80s and ’90s get run out of the business? Seems that McTiernan was charged with two counts of lying to a federal officer, and during that period of time was uninsurable in Hollywood. Vulture tells the whole sordid tale, linking it back to a case made against a Hollywood private eye named Anthony Pellicano.

McTiernan’s part in Pellicano’s case was so cluttered and confusing that his own case was sent all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear it. The result was a sentence of a year in federal prison.

But now McTiernan is back, and the commercial itself looks pretty great. It shows off the fictional U.S. Army Special Forces team known as the Ghosts making a surgical assassination on a drug cartel member in Bolivia, the setting for the next Ghost Recon game.

Here’s hoping we see more from McTiernan soon.

For more on the narrative behind Wildlands, which will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March, read our feature story.

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