Ubisoft is currently developing numerous film projects and one of those projects, which was announced around the same time as Assassin’s Creed, is Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy. After seeing Assassin’s Creed, though, I’m worried about the rest of Ubisoft’s slate of films.
I thought Assassin’s Creed was one of the worst films I saw in 2016. It was such a big disappointment, but the bad reviews and lackluster box office performance isn’t going to stop Ubisoft from trying again with Splinter Cell.
Hardy is set to take on the role of Sam Fisher in the film, and in a recent interview with Collider, producer Basil Iwanyk talks about what we can expect from the movie and says that it will feel more like a “badass, Tom Hardy action movie” than a video game movie:
“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.”
Splinter Cell is going to be a video game movie that’s not really going to be a video game movie? Ok, we’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out. Talk is cheap, so we’ll just have to wait and see if they actually make a great badass Splinter Cell movie. I hope that they can pull it off and give us something amazing! Iwanyk then confirmed that a script is in place and they are waiting for Hardy’s approval. Once they get that, the plan is to get production going.
“We’re definitely going to make it a hard PG-13. No, it’s not going to be like [John] Wick,’ but it’s going to be badass. 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?”
I’m a fan of the Splinter Cell game franchise, but after being let down by Assassin’s Creed, I don’t want to get too excited about this. I do hope that they can deliver a great movie to the fans , though.