Tom Hardy Set to Topline 'Splinter Cell' Adaptation

Splinter Cell: BlacklistBack in 2004 I wrote an article declaring Peter Berg (Battleship) as the director of Splinter Cell, an adaptation of the Tom Clancy video game series, which, at the time, was set up at Paramount Pictures. In August of 2005 it moved over to Dreamworks, after which it was never really heard from again... until now.

Variety reports the film has found new life and a star in Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and a screenwriter in Eric Warren Singer (The International) who most recently wrote American Bullshit, which will be David O. Russell's next film starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. Yet, neither a studio or director have yet to be named, though gamemaker Ubisoft has discussed the adaptation with both Paramount and Warner Bros.

Should things work out, Hardy would play Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon.

This is the second major feature adaptation for Ubisoft recently with Michael Fassbender spear-heading a feature adaptation of Assassin's Creed over at New Regency and Fox.

  • Topy

    One of the few games I'm actually excited to see how they adapt it. Among others are Mass Effect, StarCraft, Warcraft, Halo, Deus Ex and maybe even No One Lives Forever.

  • SeenSome

    Surely there are better projects Hardy could be doing? This might end up a decent movie but a guy with his talent is wasted in this kind of stuff, I'd rather see him work with Winding Refn again or some other interesting directors.

    • Fan

      I agree I would love to see Hardy work with Refn again, and with something like Drive 2 with Gosling. Awhile back Refn said IF he was to do a sequel it would feature two drivers, one to counterpart Gosling, who else better than Hardy, right? Just spitballing. But let's hope Refn does do a Drive 2....

      • SeenSome

        Maybe Refn will sign on to do Splinter Cell? ;)

  • Driver

    This is one game I always wanted to see an adaption, especially with the story line of the last two games. With Tom Hardy as Sam Fisher, and Ubisoft caring about their games adaptions, I think this could be good, especially if Hardy is interested.

  • The Jackal

    Glad to film studios taking adaptations of quality video games seriously. Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are two of the best rising stars in Hollywood and I can't wait to see their interpretations of two great video game icons.

    Thems the facts

    • The Jackal

      *Glad to see