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Ubisoft Lands Tom Hardy for Splinter Cell Movie

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Here's to hoping that Splinter Cell the movie isn't an awful mess.

Movie adaptations of videogames have always been notoriously bad. In the past, Hollywood's pounced on successful videogame franchises, hoping to make a quick buck or two, without regard to content matter. And with directors with sterling track records like Uwe Boll helming these projects, it's no wonder that these movies are critically panned.

Fortunately, it looks like the industry is fast approaching a new era, where the videogame movie genre will no longer have a bad stigma attached to it.

Ubisoft is one of the publishers spearheading the videogame industry's invasion into the movies. Rather than relinquishing creative control to Hollywood, Ubisoft has wisely retained the movie rights to their franchises and established its own production company, no doubt to prevent the likely-travesty that would come of the intellectual properties had Hollywood been left to its own machinations.

That isn't to say that the publisher is completely writing off Hollywood talent. Today, Ubisoft announced that Tom Hardy, star of critically acclaimed films such as Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception, and Eric Warren Singer, screenwriter for The International, are now both attached to the project. Hardy will be starring as Splinter Cell frontman Sam Fisher.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet expressed excitement over the announcement, stating, "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. His involvement in the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike.

“In addition, Eric Singer 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.”

Splinter Cell fans, here's to hoping that Splinter Cell may be the first videogame movie to see the light of day that doesn't end up being an awful mess.

 

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    thefiend1 , November 16, 2012 11:03 PM
    seems like a good fit.
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    samuelspark , November 16, 2012 11:09 PM
    Please let it be a good movie.
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    acerace , November 16, 2012 11:12 PM
    I only admire him because he potrayed Bane in the latest Batman movies. My favourite quote, "Then you have my permission to die." Awesome!
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    Kami3k , November 16, 2012 11:15 PM
    thefiend1seems like a good fit.


    Really? a non-American actor playing a tough guy American secret agent? Might as well get a Southerner to play as the next James Bond.....

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    tomfreak , November 16, 2012 11:55 PM
    samuelsparkPlease let it be a good movie.
    My trust on Ubisoft is better than Hollywood crap these days.

    If u really want to know Ubisoft quality, take a look on all their short Assassins creed film.
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    quilciri , November 17, 2012 12:22 AM
    Hey! For once, Ubisoft did something that didn't piss me off!
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    quilciri , November 17, 2012 12:25 AM
    Kami3kReally? a non-American actor playing a tough guy American secret agent? Might as well get a Southerner to play as the next James Bond.....


    As opposed to All the Americans that have played Robin Hood?

    To quote Eddie Izzard "There's been so many american Robin Hoods that no one would believe a british one... "That's not Robin Hood's voice....doesn't have that Nottingham twang.""
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    Kami3k , November 17, 2012 12:31 AM
    quilciriAs opposed to All the Americans that have played Robin Hood? To quote Eddie Izzard "There's been so many american Robin Hoods that no one would believe a british one... "That's not Robin Hood's voice....doesn't have that Nottingham twang.""


    So a non-sequitor is your response? lol, pathetic.
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    quilciri , November 17, 2012 12:34 AM
    Kami3kSo a non-sequitor is your response? lol, pathetic.


    I don't think you understand what non-sequitor means.
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    quilciri , November 17, 2012 12:35 AM
    and now you've got me mispelling words, too....

    Non sequitur
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    Khimera2000 , November 17, 2012 1:55 AM
    This would be intresting. If game developers start pumping out there own movies, Hollywood will have a lot to worry about.

    Then again they only have themselves to blame.If theres a track reord of messing up theres a big incentive to finding alternative routes. I hope this starts a new trend cuz I still want to see a Halo movie...
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    Teeroy32 , November 17, 2012 3:09 AM
    not all video game movies are crap, resident evil was cool, so was mortal kombat, sure super mario bros sucked a bit and street fighter was corny but they where still worth watching, also double dragon wasn't bad in the day
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    alidan , November 17, 2012 4:10 AM
    Kami3kReally? a non-American actor playing a tough guy American secret agent? Might as well get a Southerner to play as the next James Bond.....


    they do got for Americans with james bond, but they usualy if not always refuse due to they probably wouldn't fit the roll.

    sam fisher... not as much of a history, and what little there is is tainted by the more recent games. i wouldnt say he has to be american, but at the same time, what the hell is american? we are a melting pot of different cultures accents and races, so what if the guy playing him isnt from america.

    Khimera2000This would be intresting. If game developers start pumping out there own movies, Hollywood will have a lot to worry about. Then again they only have themselves to blame.If theres a track reord of messing up theres a big incentive to finding alternative routes. I hope this starts a new trend cuz I still want to see a Halo movie...


    i hope not, i would hate for game companies to devote more time to movies than to games, and the games become the new tie ins, because lets face it, games don't have as big an audience or a profit margin as a blockbuster movie.

    Teeroy32not all video game movies are crap, resident evil was cool, so was mortal kombat, sure super mario bros sucked a bit and street fighter was corny but they where still worth watching, also double dragon wasn't bad in the day


    resident evil is crap if you watch them for a game tie in, but passable if you watch them as a stupid action movie where the lead is banging the director. hell the main character isnt even in the games...

    mortal kombat i believe the first one was better than it had any right to be, the rest sucked

    street fighter, and double dragon are only good if you are looking for a bad action movie, and neither were good back in the day unless you want to compare them to films with even less talent.

    mario brothers... havent seen that sense i was a kid, but i knew it was bad, but may be worth watching as a train wreak kind of way.
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    Teeroy32 , November 17, 2012 4:15 AM
    I like bad action films, I grew up on a staple diet of Sylvester, Chuck, Arnie, Brosnan and Van Dam lol. Mario wasutter crap, but worth a watch for nostalgia reasons. But all of this is subjective to a persons taste, if we all liked the same thing the world would be boring, and we'd have nothing to discuss online
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    tomfreak , November 17, 2012 4:20 AM
    resident evil is the "call of duty" in Movie industry. They gonna keep milking it despite the crap movie.
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    aftcomet , November 17, 2012 4:43 AM
    YES! Big SC fan right and here and I don't mind Hardy one but. He can do it.
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    abbadon_34 , November 17, 2012 7:03 AM
    As long as Uwe Boll isn't involved!
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    th123 , November 17, 2012 7:06 AM
    abbadon_34As long as Uwe Boll isn't involved!


    Oh god don't jinx it!
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    nameon , November 17, 2012 10:29 AM
    Khimera2000This would be intresting. If game developers start pumping out there own movies, Hollywood will have a lot to worry about. Then again they only have themselves to blame.If theres a track reord of messing up theres a big incentive to finding alternative routes. I hope this starts a new trend cuz I still want to see a Halo movie...

    there practically already is one... add that to the awesome live action commercials,.... still thought the universe of halo is better for a high budget tv series, like each season having a diff sub-story in the covanent war, coz there is just to many diff stories to tell in halo
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2012 4:38 PM
    K-zon

    Good Luck and what is of to say additionally and/or more of on about to say with for on for said to least..
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