Netflix developing animated series based on video game

The Splinter Cell franchise has sold more than 30 million video games worldwide, according to a 2019 report. (AFP pic)

LOS GATOS: After “Jack Ryan” on Amazon Prime Video, another of the “Tom Clancy” stories has tempted a leading streaming platform.

Netflix has teamed up with Ubisoft to adapt the hit “Splinter Cell” series, Variety reveals.

While a movie adaptation was announced a few years ago with Tom Hardy in the starring role, this will be an animated series.

According to Variety, Netflix has already ordered two 16-episode seasons, and Derek Kolstad, director of the “John Wick” franchise, will write the screenplay and serve as executive producer, but these details have yet to be confirmed by the streaming platform.

“Splinter Cell” has been one of gaming’s most lucrative franchises since its launch in 2002. It’s one of Ubisoft’s biggest games alongside “Assassin’s Creed.”

The story revolves around Sam Fisher, a former Navy Seal recruited by the NSA to become an agent for the top-secret Echelon 3 division.

In all, the series counts seven games: “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” in 2002, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow” in 2004, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory” in 2005, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Essentials” in 2006, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent” in 2006, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction” in 2010 and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist” in 2013.

As the series is still in development, no casting details have been announced.

Besides Netflix, Ubisoft has already collaborated with Apple TV+ for the “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” series already online.