‘Bourne Identity’ Director Doug Liman Says His ‘Splinter Cell’ Movie Will Be ‘Younger’

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Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell Blacklist Bourne Identity Director Doug Liman Says His Splinter Cell Movie Will Be Younger
Director Doug Liman has amassed a varied list of film and television credits since breaking out with the 1996 indie film Swingers. Liman followed that up with the cult favorite Go before graduating to big-budget studio fare with franchise-starter The Bourne Identity.

While his two previous features, the 2008 film Jumper and real-life espionage tale Fair Game (2010) failed to connect with audiences, Liman is returning in a big way with sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise and is already getting some great early reviews.

Such strong advance notices and his solid action-movie chops made the news that Liman was signing on to direct the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell video game series an exciting prospect. Unlike countless other similar high profile projects, this one appears to moving stolidly forward, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) set to star as series protagonist Sam Fisher, with (last we heard) Up In The Air screenwriter Sheldon Turner taking over script duties for American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer.

With Edge of Tomorrow set to debut next week, Liman spoke to IGN about this version of the celebrated stealth game, which evidently has plenty of input from the movie’s star. According to Liman:

“I’m working on the script with Tom Hardy. I think we have a great take on how to make an awesome film out of that.”

splinter cell Bourne Identity Director Doug Liman Says His Splinter Cell Movie Will Be Younger
Liman conceded that Hardy is definitely playing a younger version of Sam Fisher, an operative with the fictional “Third Echelon,” a top-secret black-ops sub-division within the NSA. Within the game’s universe, Fisher was born in 1957 and, after joining the Navy SEALS, was attached to the CIA in the mid-1980s. According to Liman:

“Everything about ‘Splinter Cell’ will be younger. It’s a chance to come up with a new franchise that is fresher and newer and younger, and Tom Hardy is such an incredible actor.”

Liman was also asked about whether or not Fisher’s signature Multi-Vision Goggles would make an appearance, and his answer is a signal that the film will take the game’s core elements in a somewhat different direction. According to Liman:

“Some of the tropes of the game will for sure be in the film, but also the fun of that is when you lose them. To strip that stuff away and really make the character have to operate without it.“

Will long-time fans of the game series accept such changes to the game’s mythology? A stealth game like Splinter Cell may prove uniquely suited for a film adaptation, given that while the storyline will likely be updated, the more cinematic aspects of the gameplay could successfully translate to the big screen.

Like Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, the combination of a charismatic star, a gifted director, and the built-in audience of a popular franchise may prove instrumental in lifting video game movies to a new level of critical and commercial success. Stay tuned for more details on the Splinter Cell adaptation as they become available.


Splinter Cell is currently in development.

Source: IGN

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  1. Splinter Cell? I guess I have a “sliver” of an interest in that, so I will give it a watch, along with Assassin’s Creed.

  2. Splinter Cell is my favorite game and I’m counting big on a serious movie from the studio. Fingers crossed!!!

  3. They will use the sewer world story line code named stinker cell!

    So Sayeth Lord Slug!

    • I don’t think they will use the sewer world story line to kick off the franchise but never say never.

  4. i hope they show stealth kills from the dying POV, one minute they are alive and the next they have a knife to the throat.

    • It’d have a rated R for that, I doubt this will be a rated R film.

  5. Tom Hardy ?
    What happened to Michael Ironside ?
    He is Sam Fisher !!

    • Age happened. At a balding, sagging 64 he definitely is too old to be a field operative who walks around hunched and hangs from ledges and drainpipes most of the time. After one air duct he would throw his back out and all the moans and groans would give his position away.

      • p.s.: Michael Ironside didn’t even perform Fisher’s voice in Splinter Cell: Blacklist anymore, which was very disappointing.

        • Ironside is also an alcoholic now. He couldn’t be bothered to come to a recording studio anymore. :(

    • I had to wipe my eyes for this one, Michael Ironside the bald one? …really lol

  6. I hope they do some “Rainbow Six” films as well… and since R6 and SC are both part of the Jack Ryan universe… they could potentially have a big multistudio franchise.

    • They aren’t really, though. Rainbow Six legitimately is part of the Jack Ryan Universe, but Splinter Cell is only part of the “I Slap My Name Tom Clancy On a Series of Video Games and Collect a Paycheck” Universe. There are no novels, characters or incidents connecting the two, as far as I know.

      • Not sure if you mean “no novels” as in nothing has been mentioned in books, or as in no SC novels, but there have been a couple SC novels that are completely seperate, and they are precisely (like NetForce and others) in the “I Slap The Name Tom Clancy On a Series of Books Someone Else Wrote and Collect a Paycheck” camp.

  7. Edge of Tomorrow is such a grate film, it was well crafted and just had everything you want from a summer movie. I really enjoyed it more then most of the CBMs this summer.
    So I don’t have any problem in letting that director do whatever he want with that film I’m Sure it will be grate!

  8. One of my favorite games, looking forward

  9. I wish they could somehow still use Michael Ironside’s voice. If I went to see the movie and he still talked like I always knew Sam, I’d totally flip s*** in a good way