The game franchise might be MIA, but from an exclusive report from Variety, we have learned that Netflix and Ubisoft are teaming up to develop a Splinter Cell animated series. According to Variety’s anonymous sources, the deal will comprise of two seasons with 16 episodes.
The series will have Derek Kolstad (John Wick) onboard as a writer and executive producer. This is not the only video game adaption that Kolstad is working on at the moment. He is working with director Mike Dowse (Stuber) on the Just Cause movie.
Splinter Cell follows ex-Navy SEAL Sam Fisher gets recruited into the NSA. Through the franchise, players step into his shoes to go through various missions. Fans have not seen the operative since the sixth installment, 2013’s Blacklist. Regarding the future, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot addressed all Tom Clancy franchises during E3 2017.
“I can’t say much about that,” he said. “But, for sure, all the Clancy games are taken care of. It’s just we have quite a lot on our plate at the moment.”
The games are not the only thing MIA as the film adaption is stuck in development hell. Tom Hardy is still set to portray the iconic Ubisoft protagonist, but no word has come about the film since a 2017 interview from Collider with producer Basil Iwanyk (John Wick). The interview does show a lack of knowledge about the games from Iwanyk as he referred to the games as a “first-person shooter game” and they are having difficulty adapting it because they “didn’t have this IP with a very specific backstory.” Maybe the animated series will have a clearer vision.
There is no official word yet on what we can expect from the Splinter Cell animated series. We will keep you posted on any developments in the upcoming Netflix show.