Longtime fans of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell will know that Ubisoft has been trying to get a movie adaptation off the ground for years. Now it seems the project is finally gathering speed after years of false starts - at least according to Deadline. They are reporting that representatives from the French video game publishers have met with various Hollywood studios this week, with Paramount Pictures now favourites to land the project. Ubisoft previously teased a movie incarnation of their game on the disc of 2005 title Chaos Theory, including this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmbA-WDqghY It even says "Paramount Pictures presents", so if today's news is true the movie is the project of a long-standing relationship between the games giants the American studio. The first in the Splinter Cell series came out on the original X-Box back in 2002 and established Sam Fisher - voiced by Michael Ironside - as the protagonist: an American special ops soldier working for a secretive branch of the National Security Agency. The sixth game in the main series, titled Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, is set for release later this year. Gameplay traditionally focuses on stealth operations, with Fisher able to become nearly invisible in shadow - utilising a range of hi-tech gadgets to gather intelligence or assassinate enemy personnel. Is Sam Fisher suited to feature adaptation? Who should portray him? We'd enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments below.
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