The Splinter Cell film is still happening with Tom Hardy

“The challenge of making Splinter Cell interesting was we didn’t have this IP with a very specific backstory.”

There’s been a Sam Fisher-like silence regarding the Splinter Cell movie lately, but it’s still happening with Tom Hardy.

Splinter Cell producer Basil Iwanyk opened up about the project with Collider. He confirmed that Assassin’s Creed’s domestic box office woes haven’t impacted the film and there’s a screenplay waiting for Hardy’s approval.

“We’ve got a script,” Iwanyk said. “It’s a little long, but it’s the best script we’ve had. … This draft kind of addressed Tom’s notes. We’re going to give it to Hardy in the next couple of weeks and hopefully try to get it done this year.”

Regarding the storyline, Splinter Cell probably won’t feel like a video game adaptation.

“The challenge of making Splinter Cell interesting was we didn’t have this IP with a very specific backstory,” said Iwanyk. “That allowed us to make up our own world and really augment and fill out the characters. … I think it’ll feel like a badass, Tom Hardy action movie, which is what we wanted.”

And Iwanyk doesn’t expect Splinter Cell to follow in the footsteps of Bond or Bourne movies either.

“The good and the bad news is that, obviously, the Bond movies have had a resurgence and the Jason Bourne movies are the Jason Bourne movies, so we’re trying to stay away from those movies in terms of tone, in terms of bad guys, in terms of settings,” he said.

There’s no release date yet for Splinter Cell.