It’s been eight years since Ubisoft property, Splinter Cell, began circling the internets and teasing a live action adaptation with Tom Hardy in the Sam Fisher role, whilst changing several hands between producers and writers.
The new video features both actors discussing their experience in training for the new movie, reuniting once more under the tutelage of martial artist, stuntman and fight trainer Noah Fleder. Check it out below, and I dare you to keep a straight face.
Roughly a year and a half since a press release was issued officially announcing New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ live-action adaptation of the popular game, Splinter Cell with actor Tom Hardy set to star, the official word has come in confirming Hardy is now working on the script with director Doug Liman. Liman‘s attachment came as of March this year just months away from the forthcoming release of his new sci-fi action adventure, Edge Of Tomorrow.
In a new report from IGN, Liman attributed a few details about what fans might expect upon the film’s production. “Everything about Splinter Cell will be younger.” he says. “It’s a chance to come up with a new franchise that is fresher and newer and younger, and Tom Hardy is such an incredible actor.”. The Bourne helmer also added “Some of the tropes of the game will for sure be in the film, but also the fun of that is when you lose them. To strip that stuff away and really make the character have to operate without it.“.
Based on the highly acclaimed Ubisoft video game franchise created from a series of books began by late military sci-fi author Tom Clancy, Splinter Cell centers on the story of Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special ops soldier who works in a fictional black-ops sub-division called “Echelon”. The team is best known for its use of cutting edge weaponry and unique combat skills to take on terrorists and neutralize powerful enemies, in action-packed stories ripped from real-world headlines. American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer is adapting the live action screenplay for Basil Ilwanyk to produce.
Splinter Cell is one of currently two known live action video game adaptations Hardy is reported to be appearing in, with the other being director Reuben Fleischer’s upcoming production of the classic Midway game, Spy Hunter. In the meantime, further details remain to be seen with the long-awaited release of his next big role in director George Miller’s reboot road thriller, Mad Max: Fury Road, which is releasing on May 15, 2015.
Liman‘s new film, Edge Of Tomorrow releases this Friday.
H/T: Total Film
With all the video game news and online chatter coming out of the happenings of today’s Ubisoft E3 Press Conference, it would make sense to share today’s latest headline regarding the Splinter Cell feature-length film. According to Deadline, Hollywood producer Basil Iwaynk is officially on board to produce the live action film with New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the latter who is also currently pushing forward the live-action Assassin’s Creed movie with actor Michael Fassbender for a May 22, 2015 release.