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New Regency & Ubisoft Hire ‘Everest’ Scribe Sheldon Turner For ‘Splinter Cell’

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

splintercellEXCLUSIVE: Sheldon Turner has been hired by New Regency and Ubisoft to write a new draft of Splinter Cell, turning this video game adaptation into a reunion of another movie that hasn’t happened yet. I’ll explain. Turner wrote the Sony Pictures film Everest, about the attempt by George Mallory to be first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Doug Liman is set to direct that film and Tom Hardy is starring in it. But the picture got postponed after another film called Everest took the hill first, this one about a 1996 climb that turned deadly when a blizzard hit just as the climbers were about to reach the top. Universal Pictures, Working Title and Cross Creek are in production right now, with Sam Worthington and Robin Wright recently joining Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson and Thomas Wright in the Baltasar Kormakur-directed film.

sheldonturnerEven though they didn’t get to the start line on the project, Hardy, Liman and Turner must have had a good collaboration as they prepared. Hardy, who has long been attached as Splinter Cell star, first brought in Liman and now they’ve enlisted Turner. They will get this new version ready to shoot in August. American Hustle‘s Eric Warren Singer wrote the most recent draft. Turner is then scheduled to direct Borderland at Relativity. The hope … Read More »

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Doug Liman To Helm ‘Splinter Cell’ With Tom Hardy

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

limanNew Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have found a director for the movie adaptation of the vidgame  series Splinter Cell. Pic will be helmed by Doug Liman. The film’s being produced by Basil Iwanyk and it will star Tom Hardy, whom New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston and Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet confirmed they’d attached to star in a script by Eric Warren Singer. Liman just helmed the Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow for Warner Bros. John Julian is producing with Dave Bartis and Liman. Production will start in August and the film will be released in 2015.

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. Liman met Hardy because they are working together on another project, Everest, about the attempts of George Mallory to be first to scale the mountain.

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New Regency, Ubisoft Set Producer Basil Iwanyk To Steer ‘Splinter Cell’

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 2:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 … Read More »

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New Regency To Make ‘Splinter Cell’ With Tom Hardy

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 2:13pm PST
Mike Fleming

Related: Tom Hardy Set For ‘Splinter Cell’ Movie At Ubisoft

Ubisoft® and New Regency announced that they are partnering on the forthcoming Tom Clancy’s™ Splinter Cell® film.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television division of Ubisoft, will develop the Splinter Cell movie in close collaboration with New Regency. Ubisoft also recently announced it attached award-winning actor Tom Hardy and up-and-coming screenwriter Eric Warren Singer (“The International”) to the film.

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Tom Hardy Set For ‘Splinter Cell’ Movie At Ubisoft

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 12:58pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Tom Hardy has become attached to star in the film based on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell video game, and Eric Warren Singer has been set to write the script.  The project isn’t set up at a studio yet, but is moving forward with the game universe’s France-based company Ubisoft.

Studios have been vying to make a deal for the franchise, with Warner Bros and Paramount recently rumored to be knocking on the door earlier this summer. Singer, who wrote the thriller The International, also scripted the Black List script American Bullshit, which is being made as an untitled drama that David O Russell is directing with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner starring.

The original game, revolves around Sam Fisher, a covert operative who so far has been put on six missions covering six installments of the game that has sold 22 million units and spawned several novels. Hardy will play Fisher. After his recent turns in Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Inception, Hardy is on everybody’s most wanted list. He’ll next star in the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road and is being offered just about every movie these days, it seems.

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