Netflix is lagging behind Disney in one area: franchises. Disney has decades of characters, stories and famous movies to use. Netflix is relatively new to original content.
Recently, the streaming service admitted that it was on film has ambitious plans. Everything will revolve around franchises in the coming years, as you can read here. There is also a lot to be gained in the field of production. Fortunately Netflix found a lucrative source of well-known franchises that are up for grabs: games.
Netflix goes for Splinter Cell
The Witcher started as a book series, of course, but the games have transformed the franchise into a Netflix Original. Now the streaming service will perform the same trick with even more franchises from that corner.
The first project that stems from the collaboration between game publisher Ubisoft and Netflix will become a Splinter Cell-series. Netflix has officially announced that. The streaming service immediately ordered sixteen episodes over two seasons.
John Wick-writer Derek Kolstad will oversee the project. However, do not count on a live-action adaptation of the very popular stealth games, which were very popular decades ago. Splinter Cell will be an animated series, but one for adults. Before you click away disappointed: Castlevania is also an animated adaptation of a famous gaming franchise, which turned out great:
Little is known about the plot of the series. Splinter Cell is based on a book series by Tom Clancy and follows former Navy SEAL Sam Fisher. Players can perform international missions for the NSA in the games with him.
It was always the intention to go on stealthy disable targets. Remarkably, it has been quiet around the franchise in recent years. The heyday of Splinter Cell were mainly during the generation of the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox.
The potential of franchises
Netflix In any case, co-CEO Ted Sarandos is wildly enthusiastic about the potential of this type of franchise: “If you do it right, people always want to come back for more,” Sarandos said about franchises. “And you don’t disappoint them. You can keep doing it. So we are very enthusiastic about it, also about using multiple sources. ”
The streaming service is of course best known for its weekly jump-off of original productions. But in the end, the company is mainly on the hunt for the next one Stranger Things, or his own Game of Thrones. Series that do not have to prove themselves over and over again, projects for which consumers remain subscribed.