When French video game company Ubisoft announced last year that it was developing a movie adaptation of Splinter Cell, the news was met with a lot of questions. Who would play the lead role of covert operative Sam Fisher? Who would direct it and would it be able to rise above the usual doomed path of video game movie adaptations?
Warner Bros. and Paramount have been locked in a duel for the rights to develop the film throughout this year. While neither studio has yet to secure the film rights, the adaptation has taken a step forward by attaching Tom Hardy to the project.
Deadline reports that Hardy is now attached to play covert operative Sam Fisher.
Hardy is currently shooting Mad Max: Fury Road, but has landed on most studios wish list for a number of project. He was recently suggested by WB as a potential lead for the studio's Tarzan feature.
This becomes the second major development for Ubisoft. A few weeks ago, New Regency secured a deal to finance and distribute an adaptation of Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender in the lead role.
"Tom Hardy is 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," Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet said. "His involvement in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike."
The project has also secured a writer in Eric Singer whom Baronnet said, "is one of the most talented writers today. We're confident he'll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story for the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie, while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans."