Ubisoft Vidgame ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ In Play For Film

EXCLUSIVE: Studios are kicking the tires on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, the hugely popular video game by Ubisoft. I’ve heard that in recent weeks, Warner Bros had engaged in talks, but now, the conversation is with Paramount Pictures, which is the frontrunner to land the project. The studio would not comment other than to say there is no deal. The original game, revolves around Sam Fisher, a covert operative who so far has been put on six missions covering six installments of the game that has sold 22 million units and spawned several novels. Videogame movie deals are always complicated–and there haven’t been that many film successes–and Ubisoft will be very involved and retain control over how the game is translated into a film. Stay tuned to see if Paramount closes the deal, which is likely how this will go down. While Clancy merely endorsed the vidgame, Paramount is steeped in movies generated by the novelist. Kenneth Branagh directing a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine, and the studio also developing Without Remorse, the Clancy spinoff novel that focuses on mercenary John Clark.

Comments (24)

  • Always thought the introduction of Clancy’s anti-terrorist team in “Rainbow Six” would make an exciting movie!

    Comment by briguyx — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 6:46pm PDT  
    • true man i played rainbow six 3 n i loved it and ive thought of all the actors i think that pierce brosnan should play domingo chavez, sean bean should play dieter weber,j.k simmons should play eddie price and eric bana should play louis lossle, the team commander should be someone like kevin spacey or keifer sutherland and the bad guy Juan crespo should be christopher maloni from law and order cause he looks like him

      Comment by john tan — Sunday December 15, 2013 @ 6:11pm PST  
  • If Ubisoft retains the creative say so then the film might have a chance of working well. I certainly look forward to seeing how it pans out. In the end, no other video game franchise is more deserving and ripe for a stupendously good feature film adaptation than Metal Gear Solid, however, Kojima Productions/KDE would have to retain the creative say so in that case as well in order for the project to do justice to the IP, and that is clearly where the parties have, and still collide. I know I’m not entirely objective here, being a major enthusiast of the franchise, but if they get the right director and a cast along the lines of Bale, Day-Lewis, Foster etc. to play the title characters then it would be a strong contender for one of the best espionage/drama/action films to ever hit the big screen in my opinion.

    Comment by lalilulelo — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 7:07pm PDT  
    • You sir, are correct.

      Comment by Solid Snake — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 8:15pm PDT  
  • Remember when Microsoft went barging into studios insisting people sign onto their terms and read their Halo script on the spot? It was back when Microsoft still thought no one could say no to them.

    Now look at them. Ha!

    Comment by Apple 4ever! — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 7:53pm PDT  
  • Hasn’t Without Remorse, a great book, been in development since the 1990s? Why such a long wait?

    Comment by LG — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 7:58pm PDT  
  • The very talented JT Petty wrote several installments when he was starting out in the industry. He’d make an interesting choice to write an adaptation. Certainly knows the world and is a heckuva writer.

    Comment by Taskerlands — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 8:36pm PDT  
  • I don’t think it will happen. They tried doing this before and it didn’t pan out. Far Cry got made into a movie by Uwe Boll and it was a disgrace. Ultimately the studios didn’t want to deal with all of Bungie’s demands to make Halo how they wanted.

    And Prince of Persia? A costly and disappointing flop.

    To make these movies good it would require a big investment on the studios and most big budget videogame movies have a bad track record.

    Comment by The Truth — Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 9:36pm PDT  
  • Ughhh, It pains me to see them call John Clark a Mercenary!

    He was nothing of the sort.

    I do however agree with briguyx. A movie adaptation on the Rainbow Six BOOK (Yes Book, it was much better than games, as, it is the source material after all) would be epic. It’s a good book with plenty of action, and a good story.

    Comment by Antilles — Friday June 15, 2012 @ 12:55am PDT  
  • Get Ironside or I’m not interested

    Comment by Farzan — Friday June 15, 2012 @ 1:15am PDT  
    • Ironside has already been replaced. He’s no longer voicing Sam Fisher. Ubisoft confirmed there is a new actor for Sam Fisher for the Splinter Cell: Blacklist game.

      Comment by The Truth — Saturday June 16, 2012 @ 9:49pm PDT  
  • If the ‘stipulations’ Ubisoft but on this project are anything like the ones that they put on Assassin’s Creed (which were ludicrous) I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole and suspect no one else will either.

    Protecting your IP is all well and good but basically telling the studios how to do their jobs when you aren’t putting any of your own money into a production is a little rich.

    Especially when you consider that this is no longer a ‘AAA’ franchise in the world of video games.

    Comment by Warner Borg — Friday June 15, 2012 @ 2:11am PDT  
    • Like the studios know anything. The game developers have been nailing it for years and producing better overall sales than Hollywood.

      Look what the studios did with Prince of Persia, Hitman, Tomb Raider franchises and countless others. The developers should have approval over what happens.

      Comment by The Truth — Saturday June 16, 2012 @ 9:51pm PDT  
  • This sounds great as long as Ubisoft maintain creative control over the movie, otherwise they will turn Sam into some 20 year old hacker who goes around the world riding a Lamborghini and looking like Mark Wahlberg. Cast George Clooney, after all Sam Fisher was based on Clooney and get Reginald VelJohnson ( sgt Powell from Die Hard ) to play Lambert. Before shooting begins just get Clooney into the gym for a couple of months, some Krav Maga training, some swimming lessons with former Navy Seals and we’re all set. Most important, Fisher is in his 40s 50s meaning that you can’t get Mark Wahlberg for the role, simply no, I would rather have Danny DeVito playing good old badass Sam

    Comment by Paul K — Friday June 15, 2012 @ 10:07am PDT  
    • You positive Clooney wants to play this role?

      Comment by The Truth — Sunday June 17, 2012 @ 1:50am PDT  
    • Why not Dennis Haybert who voiced Lambert? He’s an actor after all.

      Comment by jlself — Sunday June 17, 2012 @ 5:55pm PDT  
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