Warner Bros. and Paramount Competing to Develop SPLINTER CELL Movie

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Warner Bros. and Paramount are competing for the rights to developing a film based off the popular video game series Splinter Cell.  According to Deadline, the studios are in talks with video game developer Ubisoft, which means that the movie will be based off the games rather than the Tom Clancy novels that inspired the series.  Paramount is reportedly the frontrunner to acquire the property, which follow the adventures of covert operative Sam Fisher and his cool night vision goggles.  There have been six games thus far with the seventh in the series, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, having recently been revealed at this year’s E3.  Because video game adaptations tend to be terrible, Ubisoft is determined to have more control over the property (they’re also taking the same approach with the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed).  At least they learned a lesson from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

If Paramount picks up Splinter Cell, they will be even deeper in the Tom Clancy business.  The studio is still trying to develop a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine as the new handsome-desk-jockey-hero with Kenneth Branagh set to direct.  Paramount is also developing an adaptation of the spinoff novel Without Remorse, which features the far more interesting character John Clark (previously played by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber).  Hit the jump to see the trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

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  • Derlis

    This could be cool. However, I thought Clancy had really nothing to do with Splinter Cell other than licensing his name. The novels written by ghost writers were released after the games became successful.

    • THGhost

      Hardly ghost writers. They’re written by Raymond Benson under the pseudonym “David Michaels”.

  • Sean

    Video game flicks are bound to fail.. However, if they’re serious about this I would really like to see the Metal Gear Solid franchise turning into a movie.

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  • Grimcicle

    The books are based on the games, not vice-versa. Tom Clancy really has nothing to do with the series, beyond his name being used as a brand.

  • LEM

    A race to see who can ruin it first.

    • RIC

      I sure as hell hope not. Sam Fisher continues to be one of if not my favorite character in gaming.

      Another issue is who should play Fisher. Only way to keep many fans interested would be to find someone who sounds identical to Michael Ironside’s voiceovers.

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  • Harms

    Know who would make the best Sam Fisher?

    Liam Neeson.

  • P45K

    I think Michael Ironside is the ONLY choice for the role in the film, he IS Sam Fisher.
    I’ve not been a big fan of the younger, grittier, more-generic depictions of Sam in the last 2 games, and by the looks of it, this new one in 2013.

    If Ironside isn’t the actor-of-choice, doesn’t want the role, or isn’t in physical shape to pull off the acrobatics on camera, then hopefully a flashback kinda approach is taken where a younger, fitter actor portraying Sam is being recalled in narration by an older Sam with Michael’s voice-overs.

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