Despite the stigma that continues to be attached to movies based on video games, Hollywood still remains very interested in bringing them to the big screen. I guess you can’t blame them for trying. Earlier this year we heard that Ubisoft was starting to take matters into their own hands by setting up their own production company Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which would potentially allow them to maintain creative control over their properties. Back in July, they even managed to sign Michael Fassbender as the lead for their Assassin’s Creed movie. Now this week their pursuit of big name talent continues as they have reportedly landed Tom Hardy to star in an adaptation of their popular Splinter Cell series.
According to Deadline, Tom Hardy has officially signed on to play NSA Black Ops agent Sam Fisher, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who is the protagonist of Ubisoft and Tom Clancy’s stealth action-adventure series. The character was voiced by Michael Ironside in the first six games and will be voiced by Eric Johnson in the upcoming Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The movie adaptation also has a writer in the form of Eric Warren Singer, who previously penned Tom Tykwer’s The International.
The project has not been set up at a studio yet, although it was reported back in June that Paramount and Warner Brothers were both interested. New Regency recently worked out a deal with Ubisoft to finance and distribute their Assassin’s Creed movie. Although I like Tom Hardy, I’m not entirely sure he’s right for the role. He and Fassbender both seem to have been cast mainly because they’re currently “hot”, but they do admittedly bring a bit of artistic credibility to these projects. Would you watch a Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy?