We recently ran a report on TG about the Hollywood adaptation of Splinter Cell, and with the gaming industry hot as a pistol right now, it looks like it’s time to strike with video game movies.
True, we still haven’t seen a stellar adaptation of a video game, but perhaps Ubisoft is hoping to beat the odds.
As we recently reported, Ubisoft has been developing a Splinter Cell movie in house and is shpping the project around to studios. Variety
is now confirming that Splinter Cell has been set up at New Regency, the same studio that’s also making the big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. It’s believed both movies will be distributed by Fox because they have worked extensively with New Regency in the past.
Ubisoft had already developed the script before a major studio deal was in place, and they also have Tom Hardy attached to star as Sam Fisher, the lead character in the game. For those who are unfamiliar with Splinter Cell, the game was created in conjunction with mega-author Tom Clancy, and the series has sold over 23 million units.
Essentially, Splinter Cell is a black ops game, and with the incredible success of Call of Duty, it’s not surprising to see the deal for the Splinter Cell movie adaptation closing this fast. Jean-Julien Baronnet, who is the CEO of Ubisoft’s movie division, told Variety, "Ubisoft Motion Pictures will lead the development with the support of New Regency to bring the franchise to the big screen in a dynamic way."
As Collider notes, maintaining control over the movie adaptation is important because the big screen version of Prince of Persia didn’t turn out great. "For Ubisoft Motion Pictures, creative control is key and New Regency shares our commitment to respecting the creative freedom of our team," the publication added.
The way things are going, it seems as if a critical mass of video game movies may be building with Assassin’s Creed, Asteroids, Deus Ex, and Splinter Cell, which are all currently in development to be made into features. You get the feeling Ubisoft’s properties could be the first ones out of the gate, and hopefully they’ll be the video game adaptations gamers have been waiting for all along.