Tom Hardy’s star keeps on rising. His turn as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises was a big role which made him even more noticeable. He is currently filming Mad Max: Fury Road.
Variety now have word on one of his next projects as they are saying Hardy has signed on to star in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Ubisoft’s film adaptation of its popular videogame franchise that Eric Warren Singer (“The International”) will write for the company.
Ubisoft also have an Assassin’s Creed movie in the works with New Regency and Fox, that Michael Fassbender will co-produce and star.
“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. 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.”
It is still early days on the Splinter Cell film as it is not yet set up at a studio, although Ubisoft has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount. The fact that Hardy has signed up for the lead should make it more appealing to the studios.
Although both films have a long way to go, I do have a positive feeling about Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed being turned into movies. They could be that rare beast of a good film based on a video game.
How do you feel about Tom Hardy playing Sam Fisher? What elements from the video game do you want to see in the film version?