Splinter Cell movie producer Basil Iwanyk explains why the video game adaptation will do better than the Assassin’s Creed movie, noting the lack of a ‘specific backstory.’

Although it had some convinced that it would be a breakout video game adaptation, the Assassin’s Creed movie was a box office flop with domestic audiences. Not only did the film struggle to make bank at the box office but also the Assassin’s Creed movie received poor reviews and left many film critics and fans disappointed that it could not reverse the trend.

Understandably, that film’s poor performance also caused a cloud of doubt to form over the upcoming Splinter Cell movie adaptation, however, producer Basil Iwanyk is convinced that it will do much better. The producer tells Collider that “Assassin’s Creed had a very specific world to it and a very specific storyline, character, all that stuff” but as “Splinter Cell really is a first-person shooter game” and it doesn’t have a “very specific backstory,” that “allowed [them] to make up [their] own world and really augment and fill out the characters.” The producer doesn’t think that the Splinter Cell flick will “feel like a movie that came out of a video game.”

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What Iwanyk does think the Splinter Cell movie will feel like, though, is “badass’ and like a “Tom Hardy action movie, which is what we wanted.” The producer also reveals that the film has a script and that although it’s a “little long,” it’s “the best script we’ve ever had.” The team plans to “cut some pages” before handing it over to the movie’s star, Tom Hardy, in the next couple of weeks. Iwanyk says that the team will “hopefully try to get it done this year,” which will be good news to those fearing that the Splinter Cell movie will be hit with lots of delays, like the Uncharted movie adaptation has been.

While Splinter Cell fans may still have their doubts, Iwanyk’s updates on the film’s progress and his comments that Tom Hardy is “a gamer” who “wants to play this character really, really badly” and has lots of friends in the “Special Ops world” are positive. Given that the Splinter Cell movie is just one of a few upcoming movie adaptations of video games (Ubisoft is also making a The Division movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal), there’s a lot riding on it.

If the film isn’t well received and few go to see it then it will reinforce the belief that all films based on video games are bad, setting all others up to fail, but if it can prove everyone wrong then other adaptations might just learn how to do right by their interactive source material.

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