The big screen adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell video game series has taken another step closer to becoming a reality. This week, the Splinter Cell film starring Tom Hardy finally found a director to helm the espionage thriller in The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman. The adaptation was first announced along with Hardy’s involvement way back in 2012.
The first Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell game was released back in 2002 for the original Xbox, Playstation 2, Nintendo GameCube as well as Mac and PC. Developed and published by Ubisoft, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell has become a highly beloved and top-selling franchise with seven games to date released across two console generations. The series follows an exceptionally skilled black ops agent named Sam Fisher. Fisher works for a top-secret National Security Agency branch referred to as The Third Echelon. The most recent entry in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell video game franchise was titled Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist and was released last August for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and 4, Wii U as well as PC and Windows.
Director Doug Liman will find his way to the Tom Hardy starring Splinter Cell film following his work on the up-coming Tom Cruise science-fiction action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow. Liman made his first big splash in Hollywood with the breakout indie hit Swingers back in 1995. The low-budget comedy cost a mere two hundred thousand and grossing over four million and has since become a cult classic. The indie flick is notable for introducing audiences to Iron Man filmmaker and actor Jon Favreau as well as fast-talking-funny-man Vince Vaughn. Liman’s next project was the overlooked dark comedy Go. Featuring a large ensemble cast including Jay Mohr and Sarah Polly, the multi-narrative film is set during Christmas Eve and shows the events following a drug deal from three different perspectives. Liman made the jump into the spy thriller genre with 2002’s The Bourne Identity and has since made two more films featuring espionage agents, 2005’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie smash hit Mr. And Mrs. Smith as well as 2010’s Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
Ubisoft has not sold the Splinter Cell property to any particular production company and has instead remained in complete ownership of the potential film franchise. Ubisoft however has partnered with New Regency and Thunder Road to help produce the feature film adaptation. The screenplay is currently being worked on by Eric Warren Singer who was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Academy awards for his contributions to David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Singer has also scripted the Clive Owen, Naomi Watts thriller The International.
With Ubisoft finally finding their director in Doug Liman for the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell adaptation starring Tom Hardy, the video game company edges another step into the film world. Ubisoft is also currently in the early stages of developing an adaptation based off of the massively popular Assassin’s Creed franchise with 12 Years A Slave’s Michael Fassbender attached to headline the film. Liman’s Edge Of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise opens wide on June 6th while Tom Hardy can next be seen in the critically acclaimed British thriller Locke opening on April 25th.
By Benjamin Murray