Derek Kolstad, best known for his writing the John Wick films, will write and produce a new animated series based on the popular video game Splinter Cell. The series has reportedly received a two-season, 16 episode order. Netflix is marketing the project as “anime”, traditional animation from Japan, but for now I’m not playing along with that.
The video game Splinter Cell was released in 2002 and follows former US Navy SEAL Sam Fisher through black-ops missions. The game spawned six sequels as well as a handful of novels.
A Splinter Cell movie has been in the works for more than a decade. It was believed a Splinter Cell film would hit the market before the animated series but the project, which would have starred Tom Hardy, has been shuttered.
Splinter Cell is not the first animated series that Ubisoft is developing with a streamer. The company also produces the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest from Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, which has received fairly positive reception and a season 2 green light. Ubisoft has also adapted the popular game Assassin’s Creed into a feature film starring Michael Fassbender, to less positive reception.