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