Shack News reports that
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is returning next year with a brand new game, Blacklist. There are also some film studios that want to turn the game into a big screen movie. Paramount Pictures is in the line-up of film studios wishing to gain rights to turn the game into a film.
Warner Bros. were the first studio to start the debate, according to a report on Deadline.com
, but Paramount seems the more obvious choice since they have experience making movies based on Tom Clancy's works.
It is not known who is going to portray Fisher. Michael Ironside played the role in previous games. Blacklist has chosen a new actor for the role in Eric Johnson. Johnson carries out both the voice and motion capture work for the lead role.
The latest news from Deadline suggests that Paramount is on the verge of securing a deal to back the project. However according to Screenrant
, Ubisoft will have the creative power over any work.
For those who do not know, Splinter Cell revolves around the main character, Sam Fisher. Fisher is a deadly agent who is employed by the black-ops NSA sub-division, also known as Third Echelon. Previous installments were largely based on missions, shadowing Fisher as he used his stealth experience to infiltrate enemy locations and gain intelligence.
In later games, the protagonist stepped away from Third Echelon and went undercover. The story gives plenty of depth for a movie. There is a good back story that could be built on to make a lucrative movie franchise. Fisher is a fantastic character for actors to portray.
Tom Clancy's books have been translated to films on a number of occasions. The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games are just a few of Clancy's films. However, none of Clancy's games have reached the big screen. At least, not until Splinter Cell, should it get translated. Splinter Cell will be based on the game, rather than the book. It is expected to be a blockbuster hit and is something that fans have been waiting for, for a long time. Only time will tell if Splinter Cell is turned into a film and fans will have to wait till next year to watch the movie.