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Empire Admin -> Splinter Cell (22/1/2006 5:21:07 PM)

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chrisrus -> (22/1/2006 5:21:09 PM)

i really want to see this. is there anymore news like who's playing sam and they start filming.

haz_hamid -> (13/2/2006 10:55:31 AM)

splinta cell looks alrreeet!!!

haz_hamid -> (13/2/2006 10:55:46 AM)

splinta cell looks alrreeet!!!

cerberous -> The games r gr8 wot of the film (13/2/2006 11:38:16 AM)

This could be really special. Who's gunna be sam fisher? How about Christian Bale or Ioan Grudford?

cluesy -> (26/3/2006 8:19:55 PM)

Christian Bale could be good in the role or maybe Paul Bettany. Looks good, though.

darkninja7 -> (3/4/2006 1:29:01 PM)

I dont think christian Bale (although he's a good actor) would be the right choice to play Sam. I think more of a Tommy Lee Jones-ish sort of guy would be better. But, if it's meant to be Sam when he's youger, I'd say Clive Owen. I hope this films amazing 'cos I'm a huge Splinter Cell fan; I've been anticipating the film ever since I saw the teaser on 'Chaos Theory'.

Timon -> Splinter Cell (17/4/2006 8:56:17 AM)

Not only is this bumped for Mr T....but i come baring gifts. A script review

Jack Ryan, Rainbw Six and now Splinter Cell. Let's face it, Tom Clancy's works is great movie material and i for one can't wait for this...mainly as the script is written by Stuart "Collateral" Beattie.

Here's is a script review i lifted from Latino Review

Splinter Cell opens with haunting images of the World Trade Center Bombings, the London Bombings, the Madrid Train Bombings, and the Bali Nightclub bombings. The nature of warfare has changed. The open battlefield has been replaced by surgical terrorist strikes on civilians. Three small lights switch on a trident. To gather the intelligence necessary to prevent these attacks, the National Security Agency formed Third Echelon. A Human Face materializes behind the lights now aiming a silenced pistol. Though it’s very existence is denied by the U.S. government, Third Echelon deploys elite combat units known as Splinter Cell to seek out and prevent terrorist strikes by any means necessary. The Splinter Cell OPERATIVE stops before us and scans with his electric-green TRIDENT GLASSES then moves out of frame.


In a warehouse, FOUR ARAB SURGEONS work on the forearm of MASSUD HASSAN. His lieutenant YAKOUB stands nearby with FOUR ARMED GUARDS. One of the surgeon’s assistants, a nervous SADIQ AL-QUMAR leaves the room. Meanwhile, back in New Jersey SARAH FISHER and her AUNT KATHY attend the funeral of REGAN MARGARET FISHER. BLOVED WIFE OF SAM. MOTHER OF SARAH. Sarah is pissed that her dad isn’t there. Back at a storeroom in the warehouse in Dhaka, Sadiq hooks up with SAM FISHER who creeps out of the shadows. Fisher is the paragon of the 21st century warrior, calm, silent, and efficient. Sadiq is the mole in Hassan’s operation and is nervous that Hassan knows something is up. Fisher reassures Sadiq that the mission is still a go. Fisher disappears into a pipe. His trident glasses lead the way. He crawls through until he is above and opening to the operating room below. He spots Hassan on the operating table. Fisher speaks out loud that he is in place, has eyes on the target and that the mission is a go. He has no mike, no headset. Who is he speaking to?


In a secure underground room, THIRD ECHELON STAFFERS wearing MICROPHONED EARBUDS type furiously at keyboards and stab at touch sensitive screens. They’re tracking satellites and scouring noise for signal, while pony-tailed, wizard hacker, DERMOT BRUNTON, scans lines of data on his monitor. Other monitors around him show satellite surveillance images of Dhaka. Sitting near him at her own station is ANNA GRIMSDOTTIR, an attractive, no-nonsense communications expert. She scans Fisher’s vitals. Fisher instructs Anna to cut the power on his mark. Anna rogers that. She says to arm the charge on the power grid now.
In an alleyway, a battered extraction van sits in an empty alleyway near the warehouse. Field runner, VERNON WILKES, primes a REMOTE DETONATOR in the back of the van. As a field runner, Wilkes is responsible for coordinating equipment and transportation for Splinter Cell. He’s a little bookish, not a combat operative. He arms the charge and awaits a signal. Fisher counts down. IRVING LAMBERT steps up behind Anna, sipping a coffee as they listen to Fisher give the count. Lambert’s the Operations Coordinator of Third Echelon. This is his mission. At the end of Fisher’s count, Wilkes keys the switch on the remote detonator and – POP! – The lights in the building all go off. A grenade drops from the pipe. A blinding flash of light accompanies a sonic boom. Everybody is stunned.

CLICK-CLICK! One of the guards drops dead. Fisher systematically cuts the remaining guards down as they panic. One of the scared surgeons opens a cell phone, illuminating the room in an eerie BLUISH GLOW. All four guards lie dead where they were standing just seconds ago but Hassan has vanished! Snatched them from right under their noses!

I am not going to spoil the rest of the opening sequence but we met all the major characters of the script in the 1st blazing fast 8 pages. There is more to the sequence and to Fisher’s escape with Hassan, which goes on, for another 7 blazingly fast pages full of nail biting action.
On page 16 it is now two months later after the mission back in New Jersey. By the way what is it now with all these movie heroes living in Jersey? Tom Cruise in War of the Worlds lives in Jersey and now Sam Fisher lives in a modest two-story house in a suburb of Jersey! Jersey drivers are the worse! lol
Anyway, CNN plays in the kitchen while Fisher tries to takes a shot at domesticity and makes breakfast for his bratty daughter Sarah who is not feeling her father for missing the funeral of her mother. She doesn’t even stay for breakfast and bounces for school. Meanwhile on CNN a news anchor reports that Officials have just confirmed the high-profile capture of Egyptian terrorist, Massud Hassan, a little over two months ago. The Pentagon claims Hassan’s capture is a major victory in the war on terrorism. He is currently being interrogated at an undisclosed location. We cut to that interrogation room at Third Echelon headquarters and SMACK! A MILITRAY INTERROGATOR punches Hassan in the face. Apparently they’ve been beating the shit out of Hassan now for 2 months and he isn’t giving up anything as Lambert, Anna, Wilkes and Brunton watch through a two-way mirror in an adjacent room. Hassan can take a licking. It’s like he’s got ice water in his veins. Lambert wants to know about Hassan’s “hammer.” Hassan tells Lambert that he will tell him about the hammer when Lambert lets Hassan face the man who murdered his son – Sam Fisher.
Back in Jersey Fisher is alien to the whole stay at home dad thing. He is in a supermarket trying to buy groceries and is at a complete loss. On the way back home he busts Sarah and her friends cutting school and smoking weed. A pissed Sam asks Sarah how long has she been toking up and Sarah responds since he’s missed mom’s funeral. Sam decides he needs to bond with his daughter so he takes her to the Florida Keys for some bonding and a little vacation. While Sam feeds sharks he apologizes to his daughter Sarah for missing mom’s funeral. He wanted to be there. Type of work Sam does, he doesn’t get to choose his hours. He goes in when they say he has to go. Sarah is like, “You kill people don’t you?” Sam responds, “Only when I have to.” He also responds that he works for the government and can’t say much more than that and that her mother knew and wanted her to know because he loved her so much and now he wants Sarah to know.
On page 23 vacation time for Sam and Sarah is over as a V-22 OSPREY military plane/helicopter hybrid swoops in above the boat. Its dual propellers rotate allowing the plane to hover like a massive helicopter. Sarah watches her dad climb a rope ladder into the Osprey as Lambert waits in the hull for Fisher to give him his call to adventure.

Apparently, Lambert is out of options after beating Hassan senseless for two months. Hassan still got dangerous boys out there. Lambert tells Fisher that Hassan will tell Lambert about the hammer and a supposed “endgame” once he faces Fisher. Massud Hassan is capable of and is motivated to unleash some serious damage on the world. Fisher is going to need 48 hours.


On page 26, a freight truck smuggles Yakoub across the border into New York. Back in Jersey, Fisher drops off Sarah with his sister Aunt Kathy and thanks her for looking over Sarah. We next see an Air Force C-130 Hercules land in Germany. Fisher arrives in Germany, goes to the interrogation room where Hassan is holed up and both men go at is verbally. Hassan shall visit Fisher’s child with the same viciousness that Fisher showed Hassan’s son back in Zurich! At that moment back in Jersey, Yakoub takes out Aunt Kathy and kidnaps Sarah! End of Act 1. Apparently, Sarah is part of Hassan’s terrorist plot. An “endgame.” Stopping it is Fisher’s best chance of saving Sarah.

And that is the setup of what Splinter Cell is about. It’s a really well written cool globe trotting spy stealth adventure movie which will have Sam going on various missions to locations like Monte Carlo, Monaco – the slums of San Paolo Brazil – and Guilin China. The structure is solid and all the fans of the game won’t be disappointed. The script plays out just like the game with Fisher going on one mission to the next making key discoveries along the way. We get to see Fisher’s keen sense of stealth, agility and strength. He does that famous Jean Claude Van Damme leg split move from the game. All his gadgets and weapons are here like the subdermals (which play an important part to the plot), his silenced pistol, his silenced SC-20k to name a few. A very entertaining read which I banged out in under an hour. Beattie is a master storyteller. We also got his WITHOUT REMORSE, which we will be taking a look at in a later script review. Without Remorse is the Tom Clancy story about operative John Clark, a spin-off from the Jack Ryan universe. Willem Dafoe played Clark in Clear and Present Danger and Liev Schrieber in the Sum of All Fears. It is also a matter of time before we get Beattie’s Spy Hunter.

Now casting for Sam Fisher, i'm thinking someone like Kurt Russell but younger....Thomas Jane? Actually that's lazy of me............how about Bernard Carlos!

Biggus -> RE: Splinter Cell (17/4/2006 4:40:07 PM)

I've been hoping for this for quite some time now. In the game, Sam Fisher is an experienced field operative, hence the grey flecks in his hair! I think it would be more suited to George Clooney (after losing some of that Syriana podge!)

bingoboy1980 -> RE: Splinter Cell (26/4/2006 4:30:30 PM)

Clooneys a liberal fer cryin out loud!You think he's the kinda man who would crack open  a good american beer after slitting terrorist scum all day?HA,HA,HAHA.[:D]

thepluginbaby -> RE: Splinter Cell (26/4/2006 11:43:36 PM)

Nyah.  It won't be the same without Michael Ironside providing the voice.

MR T's GOLD CHAINS -> sam fisher (27/4/2006 8:09:20 AM)

what about Bruce Campbell? He's perfect! and certainly
old enough! checkout his mugshots on imdb.com - he looks
like Sam too! (okay maybe Sam's chin's not that big)

bingoboy1980 -> RE: sam fisher (30/4/2006 4:43:59 PM)

Class !
Scene; Sam gets up after montage sex scene with russian female spy .Looks out of window moodily .She begs him to stay longer .He promised .Sam turns to her .."thats what we call pillow talk baby!"[:D][:D]

MR T's GOLD CHAINS -> RE: sam fisher (1/5/2006 7:12:28 AM)

Or Fisher can do the sex scene with hot blonde Russian agent.. And whirrrrrrr... on goes his night vision,
all green and shit......and voila! Paris Hilton style sex tape! "Gimme some sugar baby!"

chrisrus -> RE: sam fisher (1/5/2006 9:52:03 AM)

how about kiefer sutherland

MR T's GOLD CHAINS -> RE: sam fisher (3/5/2006 2:38:39 AM)

Keifer's cool but he's not old enough - i think Sam Fisher is about 51 years old - he's an
old bastard - there's always the Grimsdotter 'old bastard' jokes flying around. I reckon
Bruce Campbell or George Clooney - they're about the right age.

bananahammock88 -> (3/5/2006 11:49:44 AM)

soooooooooooooo happy Uwe Boll isn't getting anywhere near this one. thank FUCK. here's hoping it's worth the wait.

bananahammock88 -> (3/5/2006 11:50:47 AM)

in fact Uwe Boll isn't even worth mentioning so forget i just said that.

bananahammock88 -> (3/5/2006 11:51:08 AM)

in fact Uwe Boll isn't even worth mentioning so forget i just said that.

PedroSanchez -> RE: (3/5/2006 1:30:19 PM)

I would forget it if you didn't keep mentioning it! lol

bingoboy1980 -> RE: RE: (3/5/2006 3:44:21 PM)

naw,Sutherlands already got the 24 movie on the go.Need a director thats really good at suspense .Remember feeling your balls retract when your in the shadows and a soldier walks past ?[:D][:D]
Splinter Cell showed me that a game can do good suspense .

MR T's GOLD CHAINS -> RE: RE: (4/5/2006 1:42:17 AM)

Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) is set to direct - good choice i reckon - good director - good at
directing character acting and red hot action. With Tom Clancy penning the story this will be a cracker.
I just hope they pull the right Fish. (Bad joke - yuk yuk)

Timon -> RE: Splinter Cell (12/6/2006 12:55:56 PM)

Bumped for Darth Lex

zombiemaster -> RE: Splinter Cell (15/6/2006 8:31:32 AM)

This might be a good movie but i think there isnt really anyone good enough to play sam fisher.

Darth Lex -> RE: Splinter Cell (15/6/2006 10:01:38 AM)

Why, there is

danbo1138 -> RE: Splinter Cell (17/6/2006 9:11:48 PM)

the guy who's after terri hatcher on desperate houswives,or her 'x' husband,don't know their names but ,well they look the part

Linzy85 -> RE: Splinter Cell (24/7/2006 8:18:36 PM)

Yeah it would defintaley have to be a handsome & mature looking actor to play the part of Sam Fisher.  I can't think of anyone though, I hope this film gets made & I hope the right person gets chosen to play Sam as he's a great games character.

Deviation -> RE: Splinter Cell (25/7/2006 8:15:29 PM)

Can be the best thing ever.. CAN BE....

Acrobat -> RE: Splinter Cell (25/7/2006 8:22:30 PM)

This could be so good! As said before managing to translate the suspense of the game to the screen will be essential, lurking in the shadows was never so nervewracking! And casting Fisher, please just don't make him younger please please please movie maker people, thats all to be asked [;)]

agentbond -> RE: Splinter Cell (26/7/2006 6:37:16 PM)

this film could be pretty legendary if it is picked up by the right director. Clive owen would be pretty cool but how about casting an unknown so it adds to the suspense.
is it true there are more than one splinter cell? sam could have  hot female partner, Jessica alba huh?

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