The Tom Hardy ‘Splinter Cell’ Movie Is Going to Be Very Different from ‘Assassin’s Creed’
While all the parkour in the world couldn’t save Assassin’s Creed from pretty low returns at the box office, Ubisoft is moving forward with its next potential franchise-starter video game movie. Splinter Cell, based on the series of games and novels about a black-ops agent in a fictional NSA subdivision, is considered one of Ubisoft’s flagship franchises, along with Assassin’s Creed, and way back in 2012 Tom Hardy signed on to play protagonist Sam Fisher in the movie. It’s been a while since we’ve heard news about the movie, but it looks like Ubisoft is moving ahead with production. One of the producers, Basil Iwanek, says that they’re going for a totally original action film that’s less of a video game movie and more of a high-octane thriller.
Speaking with Collider, Iwanek said that Splinter Cell is completely different from Assassin’s Creed and will be treated as such.
They’re separate kind of things. The story of the financial success of Assassin’s Creed is yet to be told because we do live in an international world; it’s still rolling out. Assassin’s Creed had a very specific world to it and a very specific storyline, character, all that stuff. Splinter Cell really is a first-person shooter game. And so the challenge of making Splinter Cell interesting was we didn’t have this IP with a very specific backstory. That allowed us to make up our own world and really augment and fill out the characters. I don’t think one applies to the other because I don’t think our movie will feel like a movie that came out of a video game, I think it’ll feel like a badass, Tom Hardy action movie, which is what we wanted.
He also says Tom Hardy is still onboard and really enthusiastic about playing Fisher.
He is a gamer. He’s also a guy who has a lot of friends in that world, not the gaming world but the Special Ops world. He wants to play this character really, really badly. That’s what makes it exciting for all of us because Tom playing this character is an event.
When asked whether they’ll be grounding this movie in the real world by focusing on true events or if they’ll be creating something new, Iwanek said they’re trying to stay away from making it into a Bourne or Bond film.
It’s more of what we’re digging away from. The good and the bad news is that, obviously, the Bond movies have had a resurgence and the Jason Bourne movies are the Jason Bourne movies, so we’re trying to stay away from those movies in terms of tone, in terms of bad guys, in terms of settings. What’s a world that we haven’t seen yet? What’s an area of the world and a conflict that we haven’t really touched upon in movies in a long time, to make it feel fresh?
There’s no word yet on an official release or shooting schedule, but it looks like it’s going to be a straight-up Tom Hardy-starring actioner, which sounds unbeatable.