Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) will star in the upcoming adaption of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell videogame series with Eric Warren Singer (The International) set to pen the script.
According to Variety, Hardy will play Sam Fisher, the protagonist of the videogame series, a highly-trained trained agent of an agency known as “Third Echelon”.
Ubisoft has not picked out a studio just yet, but it has been in talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount.
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
This marks the second film based on Ubisoft’s properties to be currently in development, the first being an adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, which stars Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus).
Fans of these IP’s don’t necessarily seem like they’ve been clamoring for a film adaption, but then again, when has a film adaption of a videogame been clamored for? It’ll be interesting, of course, to see how Ubisoft handles these films. Do you think it’s a good idea? Will you see either film? Let us know in the comments below or head over to the forums to talk about it!