No studio has yet been attached to the movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s game, Splinter Cell, but a very big name has been attached to star. Tom Hardy is seriously hot property right now: just this year he has appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless, and last year gave staggering performances in Warrior and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and next year he will be seen in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Now the actor has just added another massive film to his list, and has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Splinter Cell. Hardy will play Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon.
While no studio has yet to come onboard, Ubisoft has had preliminary talks with both Warner Brothers and Paramount. Eric Warren Singer (The International) has already signed on the write the script. Singer also penned Black List script “American Bullshit,” which David O. Russell will direct with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner set to star.
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
Game has sold more than 23 million copies since its debut in 2002. Six games have been released so far with “Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” released next spring, developed by Ubisoft Toronto.
This will be Ubisoft’s second major film adaptation of one of their games, with the other being the Michael Fassbender starring adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Maybe, just maybe these could be the adaptations to prove that you can make a really good film based on a computer game. Yes the rule has been broken at times, but the general feeling is that the adaptations of games usually turn out a bit rubbish. With names like Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender attached, it is doubtful either of these movie versions will go wrong.