By: John M Jerva
Reports of a feature film adaptation of the best selling video game franchise Splinter Cell have Ben circulating for years now and with no traction in sight, it appears that it might never happen. Fear not as there might just be the next best thing as news has dropped that John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad has enlisted to adapt a new Anime series based on the property for the giant streaming service.
Per Variety: Derek Kolstad, best known for his work writing the “John Wick” film franchise, will serve as writer and executive producer on the series. According to sources, the series has received a two-season, 16 episode order at the streaming service.
The first “Splinter Cell” game was released in 2002 to near universal acclaim from critics and massive sales. The game follows former U.S. Navy SEAL Sam Fisher after he is recruited by the NSA to work for the mysterious Third Echelon division within the agency. The game sees Fisher engage in number of black ops missions, employing stealth and military tactics.
I never really got into video games but I did play various incarnations of Splinter Cell Back in the day and if there ever was a video game character for the pickings to adapt in any way, shape or form, it’s Sam Fisher. The franchise has a storied mythology around it and I believe the Anime would knock it out if the park.
Coincidentally, a feature film version had been in the works since 2012 with Tom Hardy attaches to star but according to this article, that project is in limbo which means, yeah it ain’t happening. The franchise has generated six sequels and a series of novels as well so there is countless stories they can adapt or come up with something entirely original.
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