San Diego Comic-Con is known for bringing out the biggest stars for the annual pop culture event. The fan events, screenings, and signings are the backbone of the convention and each year, studios compete for audience loyalty and, more to the point, to generate revenue for upcoming projects, and attendees just lick it up. The annual “winner” of SDCC, Marvel Studios, has decided to sit this one out and it is rumored that once the studio got wind of what Warner Bros. would be bringing to the convention, Marvel realized that they could not compete with the elder studio. That’s right. For Marvel, it was even too hot in the shade for them to show up. Whether or not the Warner Bros. Studio panel will be that amazing is yet to be seen but on the home entertainment front, WBHE just announced that they would be bringing the legendary band KISS to destroy Hall H. That’s right. You wanted the best, you got the best. (more…)
After toiling in Hollywood for years, it seems that actor Tom Hardy is getting the ultimate honor that an actor can get in the movie business: a starring role in his own franchise. And bonus points for it being based on a highly popular video game.
Following hot on the heels of the news that Eric Singer (The International) had been hired to write the screenplay for a Splinter Cell movie, comes word from Variety that Hardy has been cast as the lead character in the film. Here’s what Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet says about the developments on the Splinter Cell front:
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills. His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
Ubisoft has been enjoying positive progress on turning their films into movies lately, the other recent big news being that Michael Fassbender was cast as the lead in the Assassin’s Creed movie. Hardy, meanwhile, is staying super busy with appearances in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and Doug Liman’s Everest.
What do you Bastards think? Is Hardy a good choice to lead Splinter Cell?