Splinter Cell movie snags a writer, filming could start in August

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning scribe Sheldon Turner is set now to deliver a script for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell video game series, Deadline reports. He’ll be working to polish a draft that was last touched by American Hustle writer Eric Warren Singer. Turner joins star Tom Hardy, along with the recently confirmed Doug Liman, who will direct.

Turner, Liman, and Hardy were previously teamed up together on Everest, which was to tell the story of George Mallory’s attempt to be the first to climb the world’s tallest mountain. That project, for Sony, fell apart when another Everest-related project from Universal went into production. Hardy is reportedly responsible for bringing Liman and Turner into the mix on the Splinter Cell adaptation, which they’re shooting to start production on in August. It is believed that they’ll return to Everest after that, sometime in 2015.

Splinter Cell is one of several projects in development under the oversight of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which formed recently to take on the challenge of shepherding the publisher’s video game properties to big screens. Projects based on Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, Ghost Recon, and Far Cry are supposedly in development, as well.