Tom Hardy's videogame-based spy-fi thriller Splinter Cell finds a director

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Mar 20, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT (Updated)

That long-rumored Metal Gear Solid film might be in perpetual development hell, but the other hit spy videogame franchise is finally coming to the big screen.

With work wrapping up on his latest film Edge of Tomorrow, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Jumper) is reportedly very close to signing on with New Regency to direct a film based on the Splinter Cell series. Dark Knight Rises alum Tom Hardy is already attached to star, and the script is being penned by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, The International).

The games typically follow Sam Fisher, a highly trained special operative in the black-ops group Echelon. In the games, Fisher and his fellow agents use super-stealth and spy-fi gear to take out terrorists and global threats. The exact plot of the film is unknown, but it's likely to follow in the same vein.

The long-running videogame series originally debuted back in 2002, and future sequels have since sold more than 23 million copies. The gaming franchise is zeroing in on its eighth incarnation.

Splinter Cell is a massive franchise and should be a solid crossover option for box-office success. The games are essentially interactive action movies, anyway, so this could definitely work. But, can it break the never-ending videogame-to-movie curse of mediocrity?

(Via Variety)