Doug Liman in talks to direct Splinter Cell

doug liman talks direct splinter cell blacklist screenshot 1

Although it has yet to release a major, live action feature film, Ubisoft’s fledgling studio continues to attract major talent for its upcoming slate of films. The most recent name you can add to Ubisoft’s list is that of director Doug Liman, who is in negotiations to direct Splinter Cell, according to THR.

Liman is in some ways uniquely qualified to direct the film. The movie follows the character Sam Fisher, a super spy action hero equally capable of fighting on the front lines or sneaking behind them without being seen. The film found its lead a while ago, and the role will be filled by Tom Hardy. Liman’s past credits include directorial duties on The Bourne Identity and executive producer credits on the next two Bourne films, all of which feature a character with some similarities to Fisher.

If the deal goes through, it would further help to legitimize the project, and by extension Ubisoft’s film ambitions. The signing of Hardy, one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood at the moment, was an excellent step, and nabbing Liman – a finalist for the prestigious Palme d’OR award – as a director is encouraging.  

Liman is currently working on the Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise, which is due in theaters on May 30. The report claims that Liman is still negotiating the deal to direct and produce Splinter Cell, but assuming everything works out, it would presumably be his next film. The current plan is to begin production in August, which would fit with Liman’s schedule.The film is expected sometime in 2015.

If the film can make that date, Splinter Cell would potentially join another major Ubisoft property in theaters next year, Assassin’s Creed, which will star and be produced by Michael Fassbender. That film is set for release on August 7, 2015, and will also begin shooting this August.


Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (December 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

Upcoming MiB spinoff movie will be titled 'Men in Black International'

The Men in Black spinoff planned for May 2019 is expected to feature an ensemble cast instead of a duo. Men in Black International will star Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Liam Neeson.

Itching to fight in an online match with friends in 'SSB Ultimate'? Here's how

You can play online against your friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it isn't quite as simple as you might expect from a multiplayer game in 2018. Here's how you can do so using the Battle Arena system.

Still trying to unlock your main in 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Try these tips

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s biggest entry in the series to date with over 70 characters to unlock, but the process can feel tiresome. Here are our tips to unlock your roster as quickly as possible.
Product Review

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is an ode to gaming that lives up to its name

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a loving tribute to Nintendo and video game history. It’s a terrific multiplayer fighter that also has plenty for single-player fans to love this time around.

PlayStation Classic hacked in less than a week to play games via USB drive

Hackers have already managed to crack the PlayStation Classic, with programs now available to allow users to play additional original PlayStation games on the system via a USB drive.

‘Fortnite’ adds sword from ‘Infinity Blade,’ which disappears from App Store

Epic Games has added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to Fortnite just as it pulled all three games in the Infinity Blade trilogy from sale. The games are still available to download if you bought them.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

How to make a clan in ‘Destiny 2’ and where to go from there

Want to know how to make a clan in 'Destiny 2'? Here's everything you need to know, including how to design your clan's banner, earn extra loot, and help other players with guided games.

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.