Would you have imagined that Sam Fisher’s next mission would be on a streaming service? Variety has learned that Netflix and Ubisoft are developing an anime adaptation of the latter’s hit stealth franchise, Splinter Cell, which has been AWOL since 2012’s Blacklist (nope, those Ghost Recon: Wildlands cameos don’t count). You’d think that Ubisoft would have had a new adventure or two for Sam Fisher by now, who isn’t getting any younger (actually, he might be, based on the retcon he was given in the last installment), but surprisingly, it’s going to be a streaming service that gives us an idea of where the sneaky, ex-NSA/Third Echelon assassin has been these past seven years.
We’re not sure whether the anime series will be a straightforward adaptation of the 2002 game (or something original, like a prequel or sequel), but sources say that it’s already received a two-season, 16-episode order. Penning the story will be Derek Kolstad, the same guy who brought us Keanu Reeves’s extremely popular action/gun-fu series, John Wick.
“Kolstad has worked on all three John Wick films that have been produced to date, with the films having grossed over $584 million combined worldwide,” noted Variety. “Kolstad’s other recent credits include co-creating the Quibi series Die Hart starring Kevin Hart and John Travolta. He also worked on the Falcon and Winter Soldier series at Disney Plus and has the feature Nobody at Universal. The film is set to be released next year, while Falcon and Winter Soldier is expected to debut later this year.”
Meanwhile, nobody seems to know what the heck happened to the Splinter Cell movie, which was supposed to star Tom Hardy in the titular role. Remember that teaser included with Chaos Theory, which came out 15 years ago? Talk about development hell!