Ubisoft is partnering with Netflix to expand two of their most talked-about franchises beyond gaming and into streaming video. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Beyond Good and Evil are both getting their own Netflix adaptations, as confirmed by multiple news sources.
Netflix has ordered a two-season, 16-episode anime adaptation of Splinter Cell. While details are sparse, it has been reported that Derek Kolstad, director of John Wick, will serve as the series writer and executive producer. The streaming giant is also reportedly scouting for animation studios to bring Sam Fisher to the small screen. Netflix, Ubisoft, and Kolstad have yet to officially comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, Beyond Good and Evil is slated to become a hybrid live-action/CGI film under the reins of Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman. Jason Altman (Just Dance, Skull & Bones TV series) and Margaret Boykin from Ubisoft Film and Television will be executive producing the movie.
Splinter Cell is one of Ubisoft flagship games, part of a long list of action games endorsed/created by well-known espionage and mil-tech writer Tom Clancy. Splinter Cell spawned seven games from 2002 to 2013, ending in Blacklist. However, no new Splinter Cell games have been announced as of late. A film adaptation based on Chaos Theory was initially slated for pre-production as early as 2005, and was even officially announced back in 2011 together with Ghost Recon and Assassin’s Creed. However, only the Assassin’s Creed film came into fruition.
Beyond Good and Evil is a 2003 action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft, and tells the story of Jade, an investigative journalist working with a resistance movement to uncover a planet-wide alien conspiracy. The game, created by Michel Ancel (creator of Rayman), received critical acclaim, but failed to become a commercial success due to poor marketing. A sequel, Beyond Good and Evil 2, was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2017 conference, with no target release date or platforms revealed.