Fox likely to distribute Tom Hardy pic based on popular Ubisoft videogame
New Regency has locked down its second major videogame adaptation from Ubisoft, coming onboard to produce the French videogamemaker’s bigscreen version of “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”Tom Hardy is attached to star in the actioner that Eric Warren Singer is writing. In October, New Regency partnered with Ubisoft to produce “Assassin’s Creed,” which will star Michael Fassbender. Thesp is also co-producing the project through his Fox-based shingle. Both projects will likely be distributed by Fox since New Regency has a long-standing relationship with the studio. As part of the deal, Ubisoft will work closely with New Regency to develop and co-produce “Splinter Cell” with Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “With actor Tom Hardy attached and screenwriter Eric Warren Singer to write the script, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will lead the development with the support of New Regency to bring the franchise to the big screen in a dynamic way,” Baronnet said. “For Ubisoft Motion Pictures, creative control is key and New Regency shares our commitment to respecting the creative freedom of our team. Their ability to produce both blockbusters and intriguing indie hits is an ideal fit for the ‘Splinter Cell’ franchise.” Hardy will play Sam Fisher, a highly trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon. Singer also penned Black List script “American Bullshit”; David O. Russell is set to direct the film, with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner to star. Game has sold more than 23 million copies since its debut in 2002. Six games have been released so far, with “Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” to be released next spring, developed by Ubisoft Toronto. UMP, founded last year, also has a “Rabbids” TV series, based on the “Raving Rabbids” game, set to bow on France Televisions and Nickelodeon.