Director Doug Liman is in final talks to direct Splinter Cell which is based on one of the biggest franchises in the video game world.

The 48-year-old filmmaker, who is best known for helming Mr and Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity, is in the final leg of negotiations with New Regency, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is also believed to be attached to the project, which is tipped for a 2015 release.

Splinter Cell centres on Sam Fisher, a spy with a secret US government organisation called Third Echelon that fights terrorists.

As of 2012, the Splinter Cell video game has sold over 23 million units.