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Doug Liman set to direct "Splinter Cell" adaptation; Tom Hardy to star

"Splinter Cell: Blacklist"
"Splinter Cell: Blacklist"

Director Doug Liman will helm the upcoming “Splinter Cell” film, based on the long-running Ubisoft game franchise. The film is a co-production of New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and should arrive in theaters in 2015.

Tom Hardy is attached to star as Sam Fisher, a black ops agent in the fictional Echelon subdivision of the NSA. The video games emphasize a stealthy approach to action, so Liman, possibly best known for directing “The Bourne Identity,” just may be a perfect fit for the film.

Liman most recently directed the highly anticipated “Edge of Tomorrow,” which will hit theaters June 6. Hardy’s been quite busy over the past few years, with award winning roles in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and MMA pic “Warrior.” He recently finished shooting “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which he headlines. That film is scheduled for release May 15, 2015.

Paired with Sony’s recent announcement that an adaptation of its critically acclaimed and commercially successful video game “The Last of Us” will be hitting the silver screen, could Liman’s attachment to “Splinter Cell” signal the beginning of video game adaptations that are actually worth watching?