Variety is reporting that “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” in in production and that actor Tom Hardy has signed onto the project. Hardy is set to play Sam Fisher in the movie adaptation of the video game series.
Variety states that Eric Warren Singer, writer of The International, will be involved in writing the Splinter Cell screenplay. No studio has claimed the Splinter Cell movie yet, though “preliminary talks” were had with Warner Bros and Paramount.
Ubisoft, the publishers of the Splinter Cell series, already have an Assassin’s Creed movie in the works with New Regency Productions. Michael Fassbender has signed on to produce and act in that project, and will be playing Altaïr.
Hollywood is still trying to catch fire by adapting popular video games into movies. No video game movies ever made have gained critical acclaim, though some, such as the Resident Evil movies, make money for studios. The video game movies with the best Rotten Tomatoes scores (though they are all under 44% are Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Mortal Kombat. With video games becoming more mainstream, however, it’s only a matter of time until a video game movie hits on the right combination of writer, director, and cast to become a success.