Despite earning a mostly-positive review from our own Kristy Puchko, the recently released Need For Speed continued one of the most tragic trends in the movie industry when it came out this past weekend: no Hollywood-made video game adaptation has ever managed to earn the majority of critical appeal. All the same, the big studios will continue to make them until they finally get them right. One of the titles currently awaiting adaptation is Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy attached to star, and now word has come from Variety that the project is zeroing in on a director.
Doug Liman is now reportedly in talks with folks at 20th Century Fox and New Regency about possibly helming the next big video game movie. Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) penned the script, which follows the story of Sam Fisher (Hardy), a black ops soldier operating for a fictional sub-division of the NSA called Echelon. Along with his fellow agents, Fisher travels the world and uses special gadgetry and weapons to help subdue terrorist threats. The first game in the series was first released in 2002 over multiple platforms, and the franchise has exploded in size since. The most recent game, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, came out last year for all of the big new consoles, and Ubisoft is currently developing a Splinter Cell 7.
While Liman got his start in the industry making low budget darkly comedic movies like Swingers and Go, he's been considered a blockbuster director for more than a decade now. It started with 2002's The Bourne Identity
But then he made 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith...
...and 2008's Jumper.
His next big film, the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise, is set to be released in theaters on June 6th.
The time-table for the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie is a bit unclear at this point. Liman and Hardy were actually supposed to work together on a film about Mt. Everest, but Variety's report suggests that movie won't be getting made anytime soon, potentially opening the door for the video game title. No release date has been announced.