It finally looks like things are moving forward with the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft and Tom Clancy's video game franchise Splinter Cell. The last we heard, Paramount Pictures was competing with Warner Bros. for the rights. It's still not clear if a studio has officially come on board the project yet. According to Collider, Ubisoft has hired Eric Singer to write the script for the film. He's best known for writing the Clive Owen movie The International.
The story for the game centers on a covert operative named Sam Fisher who works for Third Echelon. The name of the game, Splinter Cell, refers to an elite recon-type unit of single covert operatives (Fisher) who are supported in the field by a high-tech remote team. The first three games have Fisher trying to stop a terrorist organization who are planning and carrying out attacks. In the fourth game Fisher assumes the identity of a wanted criminal in order to infiltrate a terrorist ring. Fisher abandons Third Echelon in the fifth game, and goes on a personal mission to take down the people responsible for killing his daughter. There's also a sixth game coming out next year in which Sam Fisher is the leader and founder of a new covert organization called Fourth Echelon, after the President shuts down Third Echelon.
I'm a big fan of the game, and I'm excited about the movie. I'm happy to see that it's actually moving forward. I didn't care for The International, but Singer must have some solid ideas for the film, otherwise Ubisoft wouldn't have hired him.
Just for the hell of it, here's the trailer for the next Splinter Cell game, Blacklist.