EXCLUSIVE: Looks like things are getting serious on the New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures adaptation of Splinter Cell, the mega-selling video game series. They’ve brought in Basil Iwanyk to produce the film through his Thunder Road banner. He’s a seasoned hand at big tent pole projects, making a career of them both as an executive and a producer at Warner Bros. Last I reported, New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston and Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet confirmed they’d attached Tom Hardy to star in a script by Eric Warren Singer, who wrote the Tom Tykwer-directed The International and had just teamed with David O Russell to script American Hustle. That drama that stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Robert De Niro. They’ve yet to set a director for Splinter Cell, but that’s coming soon. This is one of two Ubisoft projects heading for the big screen through New Regency; the other is Assassin’s Creed.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell has sold over 23 million copies since its debut in 2002. Hardy, who’s coming off The Dark Knight Rises and wrapped Mad Max: Fury Road, will play Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops sub-division, “Echelon”. Sam Fisher and the agents of Echelon utilize combat skills, weapons and cutting-edge gadgets to neutralize international terrorist threats and rogue forces in modern, realistic stories ripped from the headlines. Ubisoft Motion Pictures was created in January 2011 to take a hands on role in transferring the vidgames to film, TV and the web.
Iwanyk most recently produced Wrath Of The Titans, exec produced The Expendables 2, and produced the Jeff Bridges/Julianne Moore-starrer Seventh Son. He’s prepping the Alex Proyas-directed Gods Of Egypt and the Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick, among others.