Director Doug Liman hasn’t ruled himself out of taking charge of the Splinter Cell movie despite reports saying he’s no longer on board. This is partly because Liman loves the project and partly because he wants to work with Tom Hardy, set to star, as much as the Bane actor wants to work with him.
While promoting his latest movie, American Made, Liman spoke to FANDOM about what a Liman-directed Splinter Cell movie would look like.
“It would look like Tom Hardy unlike any action hero you’ve ever seen,” he said.
When pressed about his involvement in the film, Liman said, “I’m not involved right now. But you never know. I love Tom Hardy and we’re definitely looking for something to do together.”
So whether that movie is Splinter Cell remains to be seen but it looks likely a collaboration between the two will happen at some point. For Liman, Splinter Cell is the perfect title.
“I’m interested in the spy arena and looking at alternative angles in, and Tom Hardy and I were talking about creating a character that I really loved,” he said.
Smart people avoid action
However, it sounds like proceedings stalled because of the difficulty of getting the right people involved. Liman explained, “Part of getting a film made, especially a film with action in the script, it’s very hard to make smart action movies.
“That’s why when a script like American Made comes along, I just jump in – because, in general, smart people avoid action. So that’s the challenge – to find material and find smart action movies. That’s obviously where my passion lies.”
American Made follows the incredible true-life story of pilot Barry Seal, who became embroiled in one of the biggest scandals in modern US history. The film hits screens in the UK on August 25 and in the US on September 29.