Ubisoft has confirmed that its Splinter Cell movie project is getting close to production, as famous Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, who previously appeared in The Dark Knight Rises or Inception, will play the franchise’s protagonist – Sam Fisher.Ubisoft isn’t pleased with only owning big video game franchises, as the publisher has set up its own movie-focused company last year, in the form of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
After confirming that the Assassin’s Creed film will star Michael Fassbender and might begin filming as early as next year, the French company has now revealed, via Variety, that the Splinter Cell project is also going to appear in the near future.
The movie, which is written by Eric Warren Singer, will star Tom Hardy as Sam Fisher, the protagonist of the video game series.
“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,” Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, told the website.
“His involvement in the 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike.”
Hardy, who’s famous for bringing Bane to life in this year’s The Dark Knight Rises, first came into the spotlight as the charismatic Eames in Inception.
The impressive actor, coupled with Eric Singer’s script, are going to attract many of the franchise’s fans to the movie, according to Baronnet.
“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,” the UMP executive said.
The movie has yet to find a production studio, so don’t expect it to appear anytime soon. You can, however, expect the next installment in the video game series – Splinter Cell: Blacklist – to appear in the beginning of 2013.