Splinter Cell headed to the big screen?

Ubisoft reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures about adapting Sam Fisher action series for Hollywood.

Sam Fisher may be sneaking onto the silver screen. Hollywood news site Deadline reports that Ubisoft is in talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures to make a movie out of the Splinter Cell franchise. According to the site, Paramount is the frontrunner for the project.

A Splinter Cell movie is sneaking up on Hollywood, it appears.

It is not clear if the Splinter Cell film would follow a past game, or tell a story all its own. Other details, like potential cast members or a director for the project, were not specified. As of press time, Ubisoft had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Gamers eager to soak in a Splinter Cell movie may want to temper their excitement, as the recent success rate for game-based movies is less than stellar. Feature films based on the Uncharted, Gears of War, and BioShock franchises have all hit snags and are each indefinitely on hold.

Though a Splinter Cell movie may be far off, a new entry in the game series is due out next year. Splinter Cell: Blacklist was announced during the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo last week. This game is due out during spring 2013 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 with Kinect support.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

84 comments
RonTorque
RonTorque

George Clooney would be a nice candidate for Sam.

sortieins
sortieins

William Petersen as Sam Fisher.           

sabresieben
sabresieben

No thanks.  Now a Metal Gear movie....that would be something.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

And now it's trapped in development hell, like the others listed.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

List any director you like... you all know this kind of thing should be handled by nobody else except christopher nolen or paul greengrass (Dark Night trilogy and Bourne ultimatum resepectivly).

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

unless steven spielberg produces im not watching the games are incredible though

 

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

If Splinter Cell was adapted for the big screen, It would not be about the plot. It would be about countless amounts of blood spilling from begining to end. Sort of like Taken (which was great) but this is a video game based film we are talking about, They will always ruin it some way or another. I say no.

Emo-bArNeY
Emo-bArNeY

liam neeson as sam fisher!!!!

 

Slagar
Slagar

Sorry, but Sam Fischer is dead to me without Michael Ironside.

Gothic_symphony
Gothic_symphony

The game should be based on the first 3 parts...... and hopefully it wont be a disappointment.......Hitman :(

cfstar
cfstar

Oh, i'm getting flashbacks now...

 

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, 2005.

"Splinter Cell: The Movie, in your nearest cinema soon"

 

*7 years later*

 

....And i'm still waiting.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

There was a movie teaser in 2005's Chaos Theory. 7 years later, there's talk about making a movie. If it was based on the first 4 games in anyway, great. Otherwise, it'll just be another Bourne movie.

 

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

The movie had better be good. SC is already a poster boy for games that were changed to play like CoD, it doesn't need a bad movie to add to the shame.

MonkerzX
MonkerzX

If it's not Michael Ironside who cares. He IS Sam Fisher.Although I agree with one suggestion though, George Clooney would be pretty close. We can dream right? 

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Because video game movies have worked out so well in the past. 

Metamania
Metamania

If it doesn't have Michael Ironside as the voice of Sam in this one, forget about it. I'm not interested.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

The original Splinter Cell is dead.

system3142
system3142

I always figured George Clooney to be a very perfect Sam Fisher if Ironside was voicing him dubbed.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

I can certainly see a game such as this going to the big screen. Everything Splinter Cell has to offer can easily be sold to the masses. Naturally, Hollywood is going to change the story around for one reason or another. That's to be expected these days. Anyway, it'd probably make for a good rental.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Even though Splinter Cell should obviously make for a fantastic movie, Hollywood will screw it up. No guarantee of course, but I would be willing to bet on it.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Wasn't there a movie teaser way back when Choas Theory came out?

fighterboy4428
fighterboy4428

Can't wait. Sucks about Ironside though, he will always be Fisher to me.

cuddly1984
cuddly1984

 @MonkerzX

 George Clooney is a good actor, but is not rugged enough to play Sam Fisher also he is more a drama actor... Liam Neeson I think would be better for the role...he was excellent in the action movies "Taken" and "Unkown". Liam has more experience as an action actor.

Delandau65
Delandau65

 Michael Ironside wouldn't be able to pull off Sam Fisher in  live action on the big screen. Unless he got a MASSIVE workout program.. and hair plugs.. I agree that he IS Sam Fisher but I'm interested to see the direction with the new Sam, only because it's Motion Captured which will make the game more realistic and life like when you're playing it.

 

Fowsed
Fowsed

 @AuronAXE the original lacked action, it eventualy coudnt compete with other games.. but conviction changed that

GameGuy642003
GameGuy642003

 @MrHatnClogs ya i remember that, thinking a movie was gonna come out way back then. Been waiting all this time lol.

liam82517
liam82517

 @Delandau65 I bet it doesnt. And even if it does, how hard is it to dub a voice? Sure they can make realist looking animations but dub ironsides voice over is just asking too much! People will enjoy this new guy they same way they would enjoy some new guy doing the optimus prime voice. Or some new guy playing ashley j williams.

Raxyman
Raxyman

 @Fowsed The original was a true game. Fresh, innovating, interesting. The new one is "whoohoo shooting everybody". It's a huge step down, any gamer would agree.

 

As much as i've got to admit a guilty pleasure of liking Conviction. There's no way in hell tht can be called "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell". That was a class A milking from Ubisoft. And now with blacklist they're changing the voice actor (huge mistake), bringing back Sam who clearly wanted to be left alone in the end of Conviction, all in the name of money. Ubisoft is "arcadizing" every Tom Clancy's game so that the CoD kind of person would buy it. And now they're thinking of making a movie, where i'm sure Sam will have to protect a woman which later he'll fall in love with her. Isn't all hollywood agents like that? Even the emotionless Hitman was...

 

Assassin's Creed are the only Ubisoft game that got me hooked, but i'm afraid the series will never end with endless milking that these big companies do...

Raxyman
Raxyman

 @MrFacepunch OK, then don't justify. Just run away and instead of admitting that you said shit. Like every good internet douche. You're the only one around that didn't ever backed what you said with reason, you're the one pissing around by saying whathever you like about unrelated games. I'd gave you facts and you've never even replied to them.

 

Besides, are you following Sam's story in a book? The games and the novels aren't related, they never are (with exception of Gears of War). This site is about games and i'm talking about the game, in Conviction, Sam's story end. Period. Ubisoft can only release a new one with a different character.

 

And i liked the attempt of insult in "thank you for using proper grammar", when did i not? Maybe when i called you candy@$$ but still, i stand for what i said. I tried to have a conversation, all you did was cry...

You never said WHY sonic is milking

You never said HOW sonic is derivative

In fact, you just say whatever shit you like and hope people endure that? No way, in a conversation we'd have to show opinions and facts to back them.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

First i want to thank you for using proper grammar. And second; i disagree. I have read the Conviction novel and though it was not written by Clancy himself (none of the books were) it still had the feel of Conviction and the other SP games. I would tie the change of gameplay to the change in the character of Sam. He's no longer a company man, he's louder, angrier, more careless. The story was not finished either, Sam still needed to find his daughters killer. I do agree that Sam's story is now finished and he should not have been brought back, especially not without Ironside. I wouldn't mind Blacklist if it were about some other splinter cell operative.

dkshadow
dkshadow

 @MrFacepunchAnd the fact that he used a sonic character changed the truth in his words how again?

 

The truth is Tom Clancy games, especially splinter Cell have close to nothing similar to Tom Clancy’s work besides name anymore.

 

It's quite different to reuse a cartoonish character in a game (like sonic, Mario, rayman among others) than use a character in an evolving story, Sam's story has hit a dead end, where every new game would only be more and more of the same.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

Im not going to justify my views to a loser like you. If you ever grow up let me know and we'll have a real conversation rather than a meaningless pissing contest.

Raxyman
Raxyman

 @MrFacepunch I'm the kid here? You're the one that have the arguments of a 4 year old here...

Comparing Sonic with CoD gotta be the dumbest thing i've ever heard.

If the games are always the same then why do people complain about the "first ones being better"? If they're all the same? How come a series that gone from 2D to 3D is not innovating? How does a game where you can play with multiple characters, a game where it's partially a beat'em up, and a game with alien power-ups be the same? Any gamer with eyes will tell that i'm right. Sega doesn't innovates? What about Yakuza? Wht about supporting Platinum games? What about supporting tri-ace? What about the only decent kinect game?

 

Christ, it make me sick talk to people with a narrow vision like yours... You don't like Sonic? It's OK, it's not the best game ever made, but saying it's milking and derivative it's beyond stupidity.

 

You didn't stepped on my toes, you made me laugh... Laughing at seeing a hype-sheep trying to talk with someone that actually KNOWS games.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

 @Raxyman Do you know why everyone hates Call of Duty? They never innovate. This lack of innovation also plagues the Sonic franchise and your defense was "How far did Sonic stray from the original franchise? Never". You proved my point. Any gamer who's not a fanboy will tell you the same thing.  Sorry if i stepped on your toes, kid.

Raxyman
Raxyman

 @MrFacepunch Wow, i haven't noticed that, all the Sonic Party, Sonic Footbal, Sonic Golf, Sonic Galaxy, Strikers...

 

Oh wait. There isn't any of these games...

I don't know if you just hate Sega or you're plain dumb. How much DLC Sega releases? How many games need online pass? How many games have DRM? How far did Sonic stray from the original franchise?

 

Never. It's always about Sonic and speed. Every single game. Sega does a good job of innovating every game, work that goes unnoticed by whiners that think only the three first are good.

 

Which games do you think it doesn't have milking? Dead Space? With it's exclusive pre order content, online passes? Or maybe Assassin's Creed with DRM and loads of DLCs...

If you're gonna say something on the internet you'd better have SOME reason. Otherwise you'll just look like an harebrained idiot who doesn't have a clue of anything you say. Seriously, GTFO, i don't need wasting my time giving a games lesson to a candy@$$ like yourself.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

 @Raxyman You want to talk about milking? You have Sonic the Hedgehog as your profile picture.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

 @Raxyman Yeah, I agree with you. But unfortunately the money always speak louder. That's why we don't have shooters like Doom and Quake anymore, nor stealthy games like the old Splinter Cell. These games dwell on a small niche of gamers, and niche products don't pay by itself. It must sell higher numbers, to make it worth the while. This is the sad truth.