Though the casting of Bane-actor Tom Hardy as Sam Fisher in Ubisoft’s forthcoming Splinter Cell movie was reported back in November, the project was still in search of a studio. Today, Ubisoft’s film division announced a deal with New Regency for the movie—the same studio that’s putting out Ubisoft’s other cinematic endeavor, the Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin’s Creed movie.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, offered a statement on the new deal:
“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. 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.”
It’s clear that Ubisoft and New Regency are pretty happy with one another—otherwise, you wouldn’t see two back-to-back movie deals. I wouldn’t have been surprised if New Regency had announced a multi-picture deal with Ubisoft back when the Assassin’s Creed deal was first put together. But the fact that this news came some months after the AC deal was struck points to a very happy working relationship so far. That’s a good sign, as far as I’m concerned: both parties are enjoying the process of working with each other and setting the wheels in motion. If nothing else, this is a good sign that both movies might not stink.