John McTiernan, the celebrated director of Die Hard, Predator, and other smart action films, directed a Ghost Recon: Wildlands commercial. The Red Dot live action trailer above was quietly released last week by Ubisoft in the European market, but it’s only now coming to light that it was helmed by John McTiernan. According to Vulture, it’s the director’s first gig in 14 years.
What happened to McTiernan is a convoluted tale involving a corrupt private investigator, federal wiretapping, and literal plastic explosives. The short of it is that John McTiernan wound up spending about a year in prison, making him persona non grata in many Hollywood negotiations because he was uninsurable as a director. Apparently, that’s changed or he’s found a back door to return to directing. Either way, yippee-ki-yay!