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Clancy's Splinter Cell Heads For Screen
Videogame series to be adapted

15 June 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Clancy's Splinter Cell Heads For Screen

You wait years for a new Tom Clancy movie, and then two come along at once. Following the recent news that Kenneth Branagh is now attached to direct the much-delayed Jack Ryan reboot, we're now hearing that videogame developer Ubisoft is planning to infiltrate your local multiplex with an adaptation of the Clancy-endorsed Splinter Cell series.

The games are militaristic, stealth-based afairs revolving around the character of Sam Fisher. Fisher is a super-trained agent of a secret black-ops division of the National Security Agency, called Third Echelon. Originally released in 2002, the first game saw Fisher (voiced by legendary hardass Michael Ironside) and his sneaky team deal with a coup in Georgia. The most recent one, in 2010, was about mercenaries and White House conspiracies, and there's a new one, Blacklist, currently in development.

The series' biggest hook is its extensive use of night-vision and thermal imaging, via an iconic set of "tri-focal goggles" that allow both. The games have already spun-off into a series of novels, again bearing Clancy's franchise-friendly name. They're actually written by "David Michaels", however, which is in turn a pseudonym for a team of authors that includes Raymond Benson, who wrote James Bond for a while.

Variety reported that Ubisoft were working on getting a few of their properties filmed around a year ago. The others included another Clancy series, Ghost Recon, and the historical parkour action saga Assassin's Creed. Creed found a home at Sony last autumn, but the complicated Splinter Cell rights are currently being disputed by Warners and Paramount. 

Deadline suggest that Paramount will be the likely victors, since they're already in the Clancy business with the Ryan series, and also developing his non-Ryan Vietnam-set novel Without Remorse. No deals are yet done though, so there's still all to play for.


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Ironside definitely must have a cameo appearance in the film or maybe be part of the film crew. Hope they base it on Chaos theory, that was the best game of the series. More

Posted by batfan1 at 21:12 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

John Clark...
Without Remorse is an important part of the Jack Ryan universe, as it is the background to the wonderful character of John Kelly/Clark, and is one of the better Clancy novels. More

Posted by farmersboy at 20:50 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post

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Without Remorse is an important part of the Jack Ryan universe, as it is the background to the wonderful character of John Kelly/Clark, and is one of the better Clancy novels. More

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RE: Facts straight
Will be a cool movie for sure. More

Posted by awesomeo at 01:34 on 18 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Facts straight
L: Reedster1974 Eomer_king needs to get his facts straight before commenting on a well written article. You suggest that the article states that the most recent game was released in 2007 and not 2010. READ IT AGAIN!!!! It does say 2010. I look forward to reading your correction and apology!! hey've fixed this since I posted. It would appear I was correct. I look forward to your apology, though I won't be holding my breath. More

Posted by Eomer_King at 17:58 on 16 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Branagh!
Whoops, serves me right for skim reading lol! Would be cool if Branagh was attached though. Oh well I guess it'll just turn out to be another crappy Hitman style game to movie adapt then! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 16:37 on 16 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Branagh!
No, you mis-read it - Branagh is directing Jack Ryan, not Splinter Cell. More

Posted by Osric at 12:33 on 16 June 2012 | Report This Post

Branagh!
Well with Branagh attached to direct this could hopefully be the first decent video game to film adaption! Fingers crossed he stays on board and a decent Sam Fisher is cast. I'm thinking Jon Hamm would be perfect as the grizzled agent! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 22:14 on 15 June 2012 | Report This Post

IRONSIDE
I soooo hope they have IRONSIDE in the film as a commander or something. Was great to see him in T4 & X-MEN FIRST CLASS. but I really want SLY to get him in EXPENDABLES 3! 'Everyone fights!, No one quits! You dont do your job I shoot you myself!' Legendary More

Posted by leemours84 at 13:46 on 15 June 2012 | Report This Post

I see William Peterson; with Ironside dubbing his voice. More

Posted by dgribble at 12:15 on 15 June 2012 | Report This Post

Facts straight
Eomer_king needs to get his facts straight before commenting on a well written article. You suggest that the article states that the most recent game was released in 2007 and not 2010. READ IT AGAIN!!!! It does say 2010. I look forward to reading your correction and apology!! More

Posted by Reedster1974 at 11:54 on 15 June 2012 | Report This Post

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Christian Bale would be perfect for this! More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 11:10 on 15 June 2012 | Report This Post

Fisher is not the head of Third Echelon. Why would the head of secret government agency be sneaking around foreign military bases at night? Nor was the most recent game released in 2007. It was released in 2010. More

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