Paramount & Ubisoft May Team for ‘Splinter Cell’ Video Game Movie

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splinter cell video game movie Paramount & Ubisoft May Team for Splinter Cell Video Game Movie

Video game publisher/developer Ubisoft launched a film division last year (titled Ubisoft Motion Pictures), tasked with overseeing the adaptation of its most well-renowned series into feature-length films.

The goal (in essence) is to replicate the successful production model used by Marvel Studios with its comic book properties – resulting in film adaptations that satisfy the fiercely loyal fanbase, which is generally a difficult demographic to please. Furthermore, Ubisoft hopes to shatter the stereotype that movies based on video games… well, simply cannot be good, even on the occasions where they perform well at the box office (see: the Resident Evil series).

Progress is currently being made on a (3D?) feature based on Ubisoft’s extremely popular Splinter Cell franchise (a.k.a. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell). The latest report from Deadline indicates that Paramount is on the verge of locking down a deal to back the project, on which Ubisoft will retain creative control.

Such a deal might prove to be better for all concerned parties, considering that Paramount’s been under fire of late for its (mis)handling of established properties. To be specific, we’re referring to the much-publicized, eleventh-hour delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation - and the treatment of the Joe franchise in general for that matter – along with the gestating World War Z adaptation, which is currently undergoing significant reshoots and rewrites.

Splinter Cell Movie 570x342 Paramount & Ubisoft May Team for Splinter Cell Video Game Movie

Splinter Cell revolves around Sam Fisher, a deadly agent (readily identified by his iconic trifocal goggles) who works for the fictional black-ops NSA sub-division, known as Third Echelon. Earlier installments in the (now, decade-old) video game series were more mission-oriented, following Fisher as he employed his stealth training to infiltrate enemy locations and gather intelligence. However, in later games, the protagonist ended up stepping away from Third Echelon and going undercover (for personal reasons). The source games have also given rise to a Splinter Cell novel tie-in series (for more on Splinter Cell, visit our sister site, Game Rant).

That’s all to say: there’s certainly potential for Splinter Cell to be translated into a lucrative movie franchise, with Fisher being a great role for any actor looking to establish their action star chops. Ubisoft’s active role in the project offers fans assurance that the series will NOT be given an unnecessary makeover as it is re-fashioned for the film medium. Of course, the quality of the final product will also depend heavily on who is eventually hired to write and/or direct the movie…

We will continue to keep you up to date on the status of the Splinter Cell movie as more information is released.


Source: Deadline

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  1. The fact that a teaser trailer was released 7 years ago attached with Chaos Theory and this is just getting announced now? Lol wow.

  2. lets hope they don’t fail miserably.
    oh wait…. THEY WILL!

  3. I dont want a splinter cell film! theres already tons of films just like that now!! WE WANT CALL OF DUTY NAZI ZOMBIES FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I know it’s incredibly unlikely, but I think the person who could best play Fisher would be George Clooney

    • Not only you, but everyone thinks of George Clooney.
      I say Steve Buscemi or Bill Murray.
      But seriously, I also say George Clooney, but if that doen’t work out, I think Clive Owen.

    • LOL…When I first played Splinter Cell thats the guy I instantly thought of portraying Fisher “George Clooney”

    • Jason Statham. Acting chops. Resembles Sam Fisher as close as possible from the first film, and can kick ass. He’s proven it in past films, why not this one?

      That is, IF he decides to take the role and IF it’s offered to him.

  5. Before The Bourne Legacy was announced, I’ve been thinking the last few years that Jeremy Renner could pull off a good Sam Fisher, but both franchise, while wildly different, hold enough similarities in concept that Renner probably would avoid it.

    With any luck they’ll stay away from today’s ‘action’ ‘stars’ like Taylor Kitsch, Sam Worthington, Taylor Lautner, etc. and cast someone age appropriate who could pull this off, like Pyrite’s (admittedy unlikely) Clooney, Renner, hell even Keifer Sutherland.

  6. We really need Michael Ironside to reprise the role.

    And what ever happened to Rainbow Six? I know it was being discussed years ago (from the original story).

  7. George Clooney is an interesting option. Didn’t think about him in the role until seeing others’ posts. However, they shouldn’t go with Renner due to the fact that Sam Fisher is meant to be an older, experienced agent. That’s what makes Ironside’s voice acting for the character so superb. While I wouldn’t MIND them having Ironside do the voice acting for the film, I wouldn’t want to SEE him playing Sam Fisher. I don’t think the guy has the physical prowess anymore. And here’s proof he won’t be in the film (or any future Splinter Cell games)regardless. Ubisoft is firing him because he can’t physically DO motion capture scenes. Which is a huge shame. The guy is an amazing actor IMHO.

  8. @Jerry oh yea name one? cause i haven’t seen one agent movie were the guy is wearing three lence goggles..
    thats prett stupid to say that think before typing.
    and clooney is to old you need someone fresh & not a very known actor.

    • Id have to disagree with the actor needing to be an unknown.
      I think that if the video game movie adaptations are ever going to gain traction with critics, then they absolutely need someone who is as well known and respected as Clooney.
      On the note of Clooney being too old aswell, Fisher’s birth year was revealed as 57, and Clooney’s is 61. So his age really is a non-issue

  9. Any bets on how long untill Tom Cruise does it?

  10. Uninterested. Please re-initiate contact when in talks for Halo film. Will be in touch.

  11. Oh come on. Liam neeson was born for this role.

  12. Karl Urban all the way!

  13. John Hamm, would be pefect, the actor is going to have to do certian physical scenes and I think Clooney is on the other side of that.
    Butler might also be good for the role as well.

    • Liam Neeson

  14. I really hope they don’t make this into a mission impossible type movie. But I do agree, George Clooney would be great in this role, as well as Karl Urban or Liam Neeson.

  15. The way Hollywood operates we’ll probably end up with Samantha Fisher played by Beyonce.

    Is Bruce Willis too far over the hill for the roll? He has the right world weary look for it.

    Maybe that guy who played the military commander on Avatar.

  16. I just hope it wont be Channing Tatum!

    • What? You don’t think a guy whose name evokes the likes of such great action stars as Carol Channing and Tatum O’neal could do the job?

  17. There are not that many directors that can make good video game movies, but the fact that they mentioned Resident Evil in the same article doesn’t look good for the movies. They need someone who has played the games a lot, and can use the amazing camera angles explored in the games…..I’ll DO IT!!!!!

  18. You’re hired. Go to the Paramount lot and tell them Screenrant sent you. Don
    t let them push you around. If you have to kick few suits in the scrotum so be it. Watch out for the gate guards taser though. We’ll take up a collection for bail money.

  19. What’s about Liam Neeson as Sam Fisher? That would be cool IMO.

  20. so it’s down to Liam Neeson, Gerald Butler, and Bruce Willis, i vote for Tom Cruise, because…. wheel ultimately the aforementioned actors will either be busy with other titles, or in Bruce Willis case, wouldn’t want it, so Tom would be the go to guy since he is wiling to still do movies like ghost protocol, wheel splinter cell is right up that alley

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