Tom Hardy to Star as Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell Movie
It looks like Ubisoft is starting to take their movie business seriously. Just last month, Ubisoft announced that they are working with New Regency to “fast track” the Assassin’s Creed movie with Michael Fassbender. Now Ubisoft is working on yet another film based on one of their IPs and they already have a star.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Ubisoft’s movie studio, are developing a film adaptation of their Splinter Cell series of games. The games, which are branded as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell but I have no idea what Clancy’s involvement in the series actually is, have players taking control of Sam Fisher, a special operative who works for the black-ops organization Third Echelon to combat international terrorism. In the games, Fisher is voiced by Michael Ironside. In the movie, if it ever comes into being, he will be portrayed by Tom Hardy.
Hardy most recently played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and that shapeshifting guy from Inception. From my limited experience with him, he seems like a good actor, but I have no idea if he would be a good fit for Fisher. I don’t player Splinter Cell. Ever. So I have no idea who he is as a character.
The film is being written by Eric Singer, who also wrote The International and an episode of the Æon Flux TV series. His most recent project, American Bullshit, is currently in pre-production with David O. Russell attached to direct with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner attached to star.
Ubisoft is developing the project internally before shopping it around to studios.