Shifting through the darkness without making a sound, taking down foes with precise skill and timing, that is what Tom Clancy Splinter Cell is all about and it screams for the feature film treatment. Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. seem to want to make that a reality and are at war with each other to secure the rights from Ubisoft to produce the film.
I feel a sense of joy when I buy a game and complete it, Splinter Cell being one of them. So when we hear they will release a feature film based on a video game you love dearly, most gamers cower in fear, worried what disastrous result Hollywood will have on the game’s reputation (we are looking at you Mario Bros). However, Splinter Cell could be pick of a bad bunch, action is the easiest and less risky transition for game-to-movies and Splinter Cell can find similarity in many successful spy espionage films that have hit the market.
At the moment it seems Paramount Pictures are the front-runners to pick up the rights, with Ubisoft making it very clear, they will have their say in the development process, which could be what saves the film from a quick demise. Take a look at what Ubisoft achieved with the recent Ghost Recon Alpha short film, the low-budget clip alone would give the big hitters a run for their money. We still don’t know what direction the film will take if green lit, though we can guess it will be based on the game as they are in talks with Ubisoft.
After going through the torture of will it happen, won’t it happen with the possible Uncharted film, I will take all of this with a pinch of salt. Until then we have Splinter Cell Blacklist to look forward too when it releases in Spring 2013, which promises to catapult the franchise even further. With popularity and a solid story to work on, we know Sam Fisher will make his way to cinema screens, question is, when will he? Do you think they should make a game-to-movie for Splinter Cell? Let us know in the comments.