Square Enix isn't to be outdone by Ubisoft. It can also land A-list talent.
Recently, Ubisoft announced that actor Tom Hardy and screenwriter Eric Warren Singer had signed on to work on Ubisoft Motion Pictures's adaptation of Splinter Cell. Through these movies, it seems that the publisher is keen on reversing the bad name its gotten for itself in Hollywood's Prince of Persia adaptation by bringing on A-list Hollywood talent to draw crowds without (hopefully) compromising the integrity of the content of the series through retaining creative control.
Square Enix apparently is looking to be competitive with Ubisoft's movie making ventures. After Square's failed venture into Hollywood in the past with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, you'd think the company would be a little more hesitant in making another crack at filmmaking. However, just a few months back, Square Enix announced that it would be partnering with CBS Films to develop a Deus Ex flick. Not long after Ubisoft's announcements regarding Tom Hardy and Eric Singer, Square Enix showed off its ability to land A-list talent too by announcing that it had landed director Scott Derrickson, whose portfolio includes Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Before wondering whether or not we asked for this, Deadline reports that Derrickson is "serious" about the story behind Deus Ex and has played through the games. Then again, let's not forget that Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind the Resident Evil films, was apparently quite passionate about the original series as well.