The Tom Hardy Splinter Cell flick just got an Oscar-nominated writer

Following the news that the long-awaited Splinter Cell flick was on the verge of nabbing itself a director, now comes word that an Oscar nominee has been tapped as the brand-new writer for the film.

According to Deadline, Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air, X-Men: First Class), who is no stranger to blockbusters, has been hired by New Regency and Ubisoft to pen a brand-new draft for the perpetually-stuck-in-development-hell Splinter Cell flick (it was first announced about nine years ago). Lest we get too excited, it's worth noting that the previous draft was penned by someone who also has an Academy Award pedigree -- Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, The International).

The Splinter Cell film is an adaptation of the late Tom Clancy’s super-successful videogame franchise, which debuted in 2002 to huge success and massive acclaim; with Splinter Cell: Black List the latest entry in the franchise (it was released back on Aug. 20, 2013).

Actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max Fury Road), who has long been attached to the franchise, is said to have brought in Doug Liman to step into the director’s chair.

In the videogame, players (as Fisher) use stealth and a wide array of awesome spy-fi gear to take out the bad guys and wage war against terrorists and global threats.

What do you guys think? Do you believe Sheldon Turner is the man to put Splinter Cell on the right track, with Tom Hardy as Sam Fisher and Doug Liman as director?

(Deadline via Cinema Blend)

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