Tom Clancy Splinter Cell TV Show Coming to Netflix

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Television and movie adaptations of video game franchises have troubled past. While Pokemon and Resident Evil remain constant beacons of success, other franchises, such as Super Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat, and Final Fantasy, have struggled. But the positive reception for The Witcher and Castlevania series on Netflix has rekindled hope for the video game industry. On Thursday, Geoff Keighley revealed that the Tom Clancy Splinter Cell franchise would also join the Netflix family. Let’s dive in.

Animated Espionage

The problem with transitioning most video game franchises to live television series revolves around the conversion of fantasy elements. While the Witcher succeeded in transforming the Continent to live-action, most video game series translate better to animation. Recent examples include Dragon Quest, Street Fighter II, and Final Fantasy VII: The Advent Children. But this does not mean that all live-action movies are bad. In fact, Tomb Rader, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Detective Pikachu are modern examples of above-average live-action films based on video games.

Renowned author Tom Clancy has a lengthy history of superb movies and television shows, but video game fans will always recall the spy novelist for the Splinter Cell franchise. The stealthy espionage endeavors of Sam Fisher make for a perfect live television adaptation series; however, Ubisoft and Netflix appear to moving in a different direction.

Instead of embracing a live-action show, Ubisoft and Neflix have partnered to create an animated version of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. According to Variety, The writer behind the John Wick movies, Derek Kolstad, is also serving as the executive producer and writer for the project. Although Netflix has yet to announce the release date, the show is postured for 16 episodes spread across two seasons.


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