Doug Liman came on board Ubisoft’s film production efforts when he signed to direct Splinter Cell earlier this year. Actor Tom Hardy is set to star in the film as black ops agent Sam Fisher, and is producing the film as well. Obviously, while Michael Ironside voiced most game incarnations of the character, Ubi is going a bit younger for the screen incarnation.
That has led to questions. Will this be the same character, seen prior to many of the in-game adventures, effectively making this a prequel story? Or is it a simple situation in which details necessarily change as part of the adaptation process? Liman hasn’t talked much about the adaptation, but in a new interview does say that everything about the big-screen Splinter Cell “will be younger.” Read More »
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Less than two weeks after 9/11 Mark Anthony Stroman, a man on a horrifically blind mission of revenge, shot a man in Dallas, believing that he was firing on an Arab. The victim was Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a 37-year old immigrant and former Air Force officer from Bangladesh. He was shot while working at a friend’s convenience store as he tried to establish a foothold in America.
Bhuiyan was one of several people shot that day by Mark Anthony Stroman. Two others were killed. Bhuiyan survived, partially blind in one eye after Stroman shot him in the head with a shotgun.
And while Stroman was arrested for the attacks, convicted, and sentenced to die in Texas, Bhuiyan did not celebrate. Instead, he campaigned to save the life of the man who had shot him. A book, The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas, chronicles the story. And now Kathryn Bigelow will team with Annapurna Productions to create a film based on the book, with Tom Hardy starring. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over a decade after he made his feature film debut in Black Hawk Down, Tom Hardy is preparing to work with Ridley Scott again. This time, they’ll be joining forces for a BBC One drama called Taboo, created by Hardy’s Locke director Steven Knight.
Meanwhile, Hardy has also booked another, very different kind of role. He’ll be showing off his pipes in London Road, a musical about the 2006 Ipswich serial murders. Hit the jump for more details on both of Hardy’s new gigs.
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Other than saying “hey, Tom Hardy is in this!” how exactly does one promote a film in which a guy drives a car for an hour and a half? A new set of two Locke trailers attempt to tackle the problem by running in opposite directions.
“One guy in a car” is the basic setup of Locke, the film from Steven Knight in which Hardy plays a troubled guy who fields phone calls while on a drive to attend an event that could change his life. The film may have a performance from Hardy that has been praised up and down the festival circuit since the film debuted last year (as the first spot’s quote barrage shows) but it is pretty short on the whizz-bang moments that trailer editors thrive on. So the approach here is a bit novel, and the short spots are heavy on tension and atmosphere — and Hardy’s performance. Read More »
Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam got to call the shots on The Drop, which scripted by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone). You probably wouldn’t even need to have that spelled out for you, because this first The Drop trailer very much conveys the feel of films like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, perhaps with a bit of Killing Them Softly thrown in.
As in Killing Them Softly, here we get James Gandolfini, in his final performance, as guy who is tightly tied to a criminal lifestyle. But Gandolfini’s characters in the two films couldn’t appear to be more different — here, he’s a bar owner whose joint happens to be the cash drop point for the local mob. He and his bartender, played by Tom Hardy, end up in trouble when the place is robbed. (That poorly-chosen robbery might also act as a point of connection to Killing Them Softly.)
Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
The Splinter Cell movie took a big leap forward earlier this month when Doug Liman signed on to direct, and now it’s taking another. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) has been tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay, taking over for Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle). Tom Hardy is still set for the lead role.
Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump. Read More »
Here are the first images from the final James Gandolfini film, The Drop. Once called Animal Rescue, the tense Brooklyn-set drama also features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts, under the direction of Bullhead helmer Michael Roskam. Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) scripted the crime drama, which features Gandolfini as a former criminal whose cousin, played by Tom Hardy, is trying to go straight and having a pretty bad time doing so.
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Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
After the jump, get the latest updates on all the sequels you’re looking forward to, along with some you’re probably not.
- Divergent is officially getting a sequel, Insurgent
- Find out when Terminator: Genesis starts shooting
- Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is opening next spring
- Veronica Mars director addresses sequel speculation
- Blair Witch co-director talks about a potential sequel
- Listen to an energetic tune from the Raid 2 soundtrack
- Sophia Myles shows up in a new Transformers 4 still
- Linkin Park is contributing to Transformers 4
- See a new BTS image from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Here’s a new pic of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
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The Splinter Cell movie just took a big step forward. Director Doug Liman is in final talks to helm the popular Tom Clancy video game adaptation, which will star Tom Hardy as a highly trained secret agent on the hunt for terrorists. The hope is to start filming this summer for a 2015 release. Read More »