A Splinter Cell show is coming to Netflix from the writer and creator of John Wick, which is pretty bloody exciting.
It looks like the series is going to be an anime, though, which is great if that’s your bag, and if not, well maybe now’s the time to get into it.
I remember getting a Splinter Cell game on my PSP years and years ago and because the iconography of the game was so cool, I was dangerously excited to play it.
When I did get around to playing it though, the camera controls were really confusing and the game was clunky in general. I never played a Splinter Cell again, sadly…
Perhaps now’s my chance to get back into it though, as Derek Kolstad – who wrote the John Wick films – will be the writer and executive producer on the new series, as Ubisoft and Netflix are teaming up, with the later ordering two seasons (or 16 episodes).
The first Splinter Cell game was released in 2002, with players inhabiting the role of US Navy SEAL Sam Fisher as he’s recruited by a black-ops subdivision called the Third Echelon.
The games more or less play as stealthy war games and they’re incredibly popular despite a new one not being released since 2013.
Interestingly, Kolstad also worked on the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier, which Anthony Mackie said will be like a six-hour-long MCU movie.
Speaking about the production and how it was before the lockdown took effect, he said:
“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie.
“Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this.’ The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie“.
He then went on to speak about how the global health crisis affected the shoot, as they were filming in Europe when it broke out. He explained:
“We were in Europe, and everything got crazy in Europe first.
“So they shut us down two weeks before the U.S. shutdown. It was really amazing just because I feel like we’re the first Marvel show or movie that had budget constraints. And that was always my [experience], ‘It’s Marvel, we could shoot forever.’ And they’re like, ‘Nah.’ So it was a very different experience from the rest of the movies. But at the same time, it was a lot of fun.
“Those movies are like summer camp, and this show, it was no different. It was the same group of people, coming together to make it work. And so the stunt stuff — everything is just on another level. Every show, every movie, they just push it — they push the envelope so much. So hopefully, knock on wood, we’ll be going back soon“.
There’s currently no release date on the Splinter Cell Netflix series, but we’ll bring you more when we have it.
Fun fun fun!