Netflix, Ubisoft and John Wick film franchise writer Derek Kolstad have teamed up on a new anime series based on the massively successful Splinter Cell game, according to Variety. Kolstad will write and executive produce the series, which has reportedly received a two-season, 16-episode order.
First released in 2002, the Splinter Cell centers around former Navy Seal Sam Fisher, a highly trained operative working for a mysterious black-ops group within the NSA, named the “Third Echelon.” Play involves Fisher engaging various stealth military missions. Since its initial release, the game has seen six sequels and a novel series. A feature film, with Tom Hardy attached, has been in development for years, though now considered inactive.
In addition to all three John Wick films, Kolstad has also worked on Disney+’s upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier series, being released in 2021, as well as the Universal feature, Nobody, also set for a 2021 release.
Ubisoft has recently been rocked by serious allegations of sexual harassment, which led to several senior executive departures and a July 2 announcement from CEO Yves Guillemot pledging fundamental workplace changes, an investigation into all allegations, and a restructuring of HR procedures.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.