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Splinter Cell announcement arrives

SplinterCell.jpgThe idea of a Splinter Cell film had been dead for a long time until a story in June suggesting that talks for a film version had failed at Warner Bros. and had moved to Paramount, then just last month we heard that a lead had been signed for the film and Ubisoft Motion Pictures were moving ahead with the production without studio backing.

So there's great news today when we hear that announcement made officially along with the news of a company set to back the film along with Ubisoft, and confirmation of that leading man to play the main character.

The announcement confirms that Splinter Cell is being made and that Tom Hardy is going to play the leading role of Sam Fisher, the main operative of a top secret black ops team within the NSA called Third Echelon. They carry out missions that no other team would touch and that no one can know about, with Fisher relying on secrecy and a set of some cutting edge technology gadgetry, as well as his trademark night vision goggles.

The announcement through Deadline also tells us that Eric Singer is indeed writing the script for the film as we speak. The CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures also released a statement, praising the actor and scriptwriter that they currently have on board.

"With actor Tom Hardy attached and screenwriter Eric Warren Singer to write the script, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will lead the development with the support of New Regency to bring the franchise to the big screen in a dynamic way...

...For Ubisoft Motion Pictures, creative control is key and New Regency shares our commitment to respecting the creative freedom of our team. Their ability to produce both blockbusters and intriguing indie hits is an ideal fit for the Splinter Cell franchise."

Now there's the key that's making it all work, the creative control, one reason why so many videogames don't work or come to the big screen as half hearted attempts at what they could have been, and Ubisoft have something to prove here. They have managed to retain that control because they've made the production company that are backing the film, bypassing the Hollywood system that has failed videogame adaptations time and time again, especially the big ones.

Oh I know there are still people out there who scoff at the idea of the videogame adaptation but that's only because you're basing your views on what Hollywood has failed to do so far, adapting games with no plot or games that have huge back stories and dumbing them right down to meet the level that other videogame adaptations are at, totally missing the point of the game and the rich plot behind it.

Some videogame studios have stood up to that and tried to retain creative control but failed, Ubisoft are the first to really push that through and develop it themselves. If they can produce a strong film that raises the bar and returns the profits then I think Hollywood might start to take notice, as will the other videogame development companies, then we might see Halo and Bioshock finally get made.

There's already history with New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures, even if it is relatively recent, they are teamed up to deliver the Assassin's Creed film with Michael Fassbender set to star.

Now what we need to hear for both projects ism when there's a script available, who will step up to direct and if they will be able to get a name to compliment the level of star leading it. Hollywood keep watching.



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