Report: Ubisoft's Splinter Cell being made into Netflix anime show

Report: Ubisoft's Splinter Cell being made into Netflix anime show

French publishing giant Ubisoft is teaming up with Netflix for an anime series based on its popular Splinter Cell franchise.

That's according to Variety, which reports that the show is being helmed by John Wick co-creator Derek Kolstad, who is serving as writer and executive producer for the venture. Two 16-episode series of the Splinter Cell anime have been ordered.

This is the latest venture by Ubisoft to bring one of its games IP to film and TV. The French firm has a movie based on The Division coming to Netflix starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, while Michael B Jordan of Black Panther and Creed fame is apparently set to appear in a series of Rainbow Six films. Meanwhile, there were rumours of Tom Hardy appearing in a Splinter Cell film adaptation.

Ubisoft is also making animated TV shows based on its Watch Dogs, Rayman and Blood Dragon IP. In April of this year, the company revealed that it was also making a film about old people playing esports.

The French firm has *also* teamed up with Apple for the Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet TV show about a game studio from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day for a TV show with Apple.

Writer Derek Kolstad has also been pretty busy, too. Earlier in the year, the John Wick co-creator said that he was working on pitches for a number of TV shows based on video games. In July, Kolstad was brought on board as writer and executive producer for a My Friend Pedro television series. That's on top of a Hitman TV show that he is writing.

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