Doug Liman has had a pretty solid career in Hollywood, with big budget movies like “The Bourne Identity,” “Jumper” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Sadly, it seems his output has often been overshadowed. The Bourne movies really started to take off after Liman turned over the director’s chair to Paul Greengrass and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” was more about the fact that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were starring in it together than his direction. However, the early critical acclaim from his new movie “Edge of Tomorrow” has him in a position to finally make his name.
His next project might bring him even more attention, as Liman is adapting the popular Tom Clancy videogame “Splinter Cell.” The movie has actor Tom Hardy attached to star as the lead character Sam Fisher and this might give Liman a chance to make a video game movie that actually surpasses the low standards that most video game movies have set.
“Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” is a series of eight video games involving a black ops agent named Sam Fisher who is working for the NSA. The games have also spun-off into seven novels, and while Tom Clancy’s name is on the books, he never actually wrote any of them. According to Liman, the Sam Fisher in his movie will be a younger version of the character that appears in the video games. In the games, Fisher is in his 50s and is a very seasoned veteran, but Liman said they want to make him younger and create something new, making it look like they are just using the games as a template.
Clancy is no stranger to movies based on his work, but the previous efforts are all based on the character of Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who becomes the President of the United States eventually in the books. The first novel that Clancy wrote was “The Hunt for Red October.” That was also the first movie based on his books, with Alec Baldwin starring as Ryan. Since then, Harrison Ford starred in two Jack Ryan movies, “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,” and Ben Affleck starred in one, “The Sum of All Fears.” In 2013, the entire franchise was rebooted with “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” where Chris Pine starred as Ryan in a story not based on a Clancy novel.
Video Game Movies
Video games have never been portrayed well on the movie screen. As far back as the premiere of movies like “Super Mario Brothers,” “Street Fighter” and “Mortal Kombat,” the movies are more of cult favorites than actual good movies. However, things have been a little better recently with films like “Resident Evil” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” providing quality entertainment, although never passing the test of the hard core gaming world. Doug Liman has a tough road ahead of him to convince gamers that his “Splinter Cell” movie is worthy of the established franchise, but the story lends itself well to a big screen outing.