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Doug Liman in Talks to Direct Tom Hardy in 'Splinter Cell' Adaptation

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March 19, 2014
Source: THR

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It's been over a year since Tom Hardy became attached to New Regency's adaptation of Ubisoft's popular video game franchise Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. Now the film is finally making progress again as THR reports Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is in final talks to direct the film with an eye towards starting production this August and a hope for release sometime in ever-growing release calendar of 2015. Video game movies are a rather tough beast to tame, but Eric Warren Singer, who wrote the first drafts of American Hustle and the boring thriller The International, will try his hand at scripting this one.

The video game series is extremely popular, having sold over 23 million units as of 2012. For those who have never played, the story follows Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon. In the game, Fisher is aided by trifocal goggles which use both night vision and thermal readings, allowing him to see in the dark. Hardy is what really makes this an interesting project, but video game movies never seem to hit the mark with fans of the games or general audiences who don't know anything about them. Will this one work? We'll see.

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  • MattPeloquin
    Those goggles could look really stupid on film if not handled correctly.
  • Ryan Thomas Hardy
    Oh for goodness sake Hollywood like how long has it seriously taken you to make this movie in the midst of all this Jack Ryan Crap!? Tom Clancy is dead! Jeeze what am I to complain, finally they are making a Splinter Cell movie but they brought on one of the most crappiest directors ever! Am sorry but him directing the first Bourne film doesn't mean anything. He has slowly lost his mind over the years, look at Jumper! Tom Hardy is the only saving grace of this project so far. Tom Hardy can make any movie look good and I just hope to heck this movie succeeds!
  • DAVIDPD
    I think they have kind of missed their opp with SC.
  • Jameson Cyr
    hopefully the film will use the book the video game was based on as a basis for the screenplay and not try to hatch up some crappy original story... like Bourne Legacy
    • ChiefX .
      Splinter Cell isn't based off of a book. Despite the "Tom Clancy" tag, he had only little involvement with the game. There were tie-in-novels based on the game series, but they weren't written by Tom Clancy either.
      • Jameson Cyr
        Holy Shit... You're right. What a pile of marketing bullshit. Fuck the whole franchise.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Tom Hardy is definitely the man for the job.
  • Bo
    Now, now Ethan. I must disagree with you with regards to your comment the 'boring thriller' The International. I thought it an intelligent script and story directed by one of the best directors working today with a great cast, especially in the two leads. Just a really different intelligent film about international banking, etc.; a subject that one doesn't see that often. Oh well....one's man' floor is another ceiling, eh?
  • Бабак
    Looks interesting.Doug is a nice director

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