Tom Hardy Joins Adaptation of Tom Clancy's 'Splinter Cell' Video Game
by Ethan Anderton
November 14, 2012
This past summer, studios were said to be battling over the rights to Ubisoft's popular video game franchise Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. However, the property still hasn't found a studio home despite ongoing talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. But the project just gained a huge amount of steam today as Variety report Tom Hardy has signed on to star in the adaptation with The International writer Eric Warren Singer scripting. The film will have Hardy playing Sam Fisher highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon. It definitely sounds better than his action in This Means War.
In the video game, Fisher is aided by trifocal goggles which use both night vision and thermal readings, allowing him to see in the dark. It's just one of the many tools and skills Fisher has at his disposal to bring down the bad guys. Ubisoft is quickly getting their video games to the big screen after establishing their own film branch in 2011. Assassin's Creed is already moving forward with Michael Fassbender both starring and producing. Of course, getting big names talents is hardly a guarantee for a worthy video game adaptation. Let's not forget that Tomb Raider had Angelina Jolie, and it still wasn't all that great. But Hardy is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood right now, and this will get a lot of fans interested.
Nick Sears on Nov 14, 2012
We really need a great movie based on a video game. Something along the lines of what happened with comic book/superheroes (Avengers, Nolan's Batman, Spidey, etc.) over the last few years. There are too many video game stories that would be great on the big screen (Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, Bioshock). A few of these already have films lined up. Let's hope someone can do them well.
hawk99 on Nov 14, 2012
i'm not sure if its a good choice, tom hardy is still kind of young, Sam Fisher is supposed to be a father and more like a guy in his 40's with some tough history, i think they should seek for somebody else,i think that Sam Fisher could relate more to a kiefer sutherland kind of style i really hope they don't screw this up because there is a lot of potential in this franchise
Alex on Nov 14, 2012
You would have been right except for the upcoming game is changing some things about fischer. If you've seen the trailers for the upcoming release, they knocked a couple of decades off of his age. They're not specifically rebooting the franchise, but yeah, it's kind of weird. Also they got rid of Michael Ironside as the voice so the mocap and voice work could be done in tandem.
Phillip Gockel on Nov 14, 2012
Guest on Nov 14, 2012
Awful choice, for Fisher that is.
Nielsen700 on Nov 14, 2012
So he signed on before a script was written? That's poor judgement.
Dan W on Nov 14, 2012
There is no Sam fisher without Ironside, its like having a Darth Vader with out James Earl Jones. Plus its a videogame adaptation.....we all know what that means.
Cody W on Nov 14, 2012
Ironside is definitely the ONLY voice of Sam Fisher, no question. But it's possible to act the part without looking or sounding the part. Hardy is an excellent actor, and given a good writer and director (as it seems there are), this should be fine.
JL on Nov 15, 2012
Hardy? great actor, but doesn't fit the role for Fisher. Already not impressed with direction this film is taking...
Zak Coleman on Nov 15, 2012
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