One of Ubisoft’s longest-running franchises, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, is finally coming to the big screen.
The stealth-action series is being adapted by screenwriter Eric Singer, who is best known for his work on The International, a 2009 thriller starring Clive Owen. Singer isn’t the only name attached, however, as Ubisoft has also announced that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) will be starring as main character Sam Fisher.
The film will be released by Ubisoft’s new Ubisoft Motion Pictures division, which is already hard at work bringing Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) to theaters. Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet stated:
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. His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. 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.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is a stealth-based action series developed and published by Ubisoft. The series follows the covert operations carried out by Sam Fisher, an operative working for the “Third Echelon” under the NSA. The franchise has seen a lot of success over the course of six games, with a seventh, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, set for release sometime in 2013. Though not created by Tom Clancy, the series was fully endorsed by the award-winning author.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures has not yet announced and expected release date, but ScienceFiction.com will keep you updated.