Splinter Cell Animated Series, Helmed By John Wick Writer, Coming To Netflix

While fans continue waiting for another game, Sam Fisher will appear again 16 episodes across two seasons.

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Splinter Cell, the long-running stealth-action franchise developed by Ubisoft, is getting its own animated Netflix adaptation, according to Variety. The first season is in development and helmed by John Wick writer Derek Kolstad.

Two seasons have already reportedly been ordered, encompassing a total of 16 episodes across them. There's no indication yet if the series will adapt stories from some of the games, or whether series stalwart Michael Ironside will be reprising his role as Sam Fisher. Ironside was last involved with the series in Splinter Cell: Conviction, having been replaced in the most recent entry, 2013's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. He later returned as Fisher in multiple cameo appearances across other franchises.

Derek Kolstad is no stranger to action productions too. He's served as a writer on all three John Wick films while also recently providing writing for the Disney+ exclusive Falcon and The Winter Solider. The series was recently delayed after initially planning to launch this August.

This also isn't the first animated video game adaptation to hit Netflix. Konami's Castlevania has already been adapted across three fantastic seasons, with a fourth currently in development. Ubisoft also recently helped produce a film adaption of Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender. It wasn't as good.

The French publisher has not dipped back into the Splinter Cell well in a long time though, with series protagonist Sam Fisher relegated to cameos in Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Breakpoint, as well as the recently announced mobile game Tom Clancy's Elite Squad. Although a new Splinter Cell entry has never been officially ruled out, it was missing yet again at the recent Ubisoft Forward stream.

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