Ubisoft seems to be ramping up its efforts to translate some of its biggest game franchises to the big screen. First is announced that Michael Fassbender has been tipped to co-produce and star in a movie adaptation of Assassin’s Creed for New Regency and Fox. Now, a report in Variety has revealed that Tom Hardy – who starred in Inception, Bronson and The Dark Knight Returns – is to play Sam Fisher in a new Splinter Cell movie.
"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. "His involvement in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike.”
Baronnet said that the adaptation would respect “all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans”. These sentiments echo Ubisoft’s move a few years ago when they pulled the plug on the first film version of Assassin’s Creed, citing lack of creative control over the project.
For now, Splinter Cell doesn’t have a studio for production although Ubisoft are reportedly in talks with Paramount and Warner Brothers. It’s also unknown at this stage whether Hardy will wear Fisher’s signature head gear featuring three glowing green lenses, making him look like a trio of radioactive fireflies holding in formation when he’s hiding in a dark corner. We’ll keep our readers abreast on developments on either of these pressing questions the moment more information is available.