Doug Liman is in early talks to direct the video game adaptation Splinter Cell for 20th Century Fox and New Regency.
Tom Hardy has been attached to star since November 2012 as Sam Fisher, a highly-trained operative who works for a fictional black ops division known as Echelon. He is tasked with neutralizing terrorist threats across the globe, using his combat training and an assortment of high-tech weapons and gadgets. The video game series, which is based on the novels written by Tom Clancy, have sold more than 23 million units worldwide. Fox and New Regency believe that this project and their other Ubisoft video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed, have the potential for theatrical franchises.
Ironically, Doug Liman was set to direct Tom Hardy in Everest, which chronicles George Mallory's journey as the first man to conquer Mount Everest, but that project never got off the ground.
Eric Singer (American Hustle) wrote the script, with Basil Iwanyk and Jean-Julien Baronnet producing alongside Doug Liman and his producing partner Dave Bartis. No production schedule was given.
Doug Liman's next directorial effort, Edge of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, hits theaters on June 6.