Paramount becomes front runner for ‘Splinter Cell’ movie, ‘District 9′ director Neill Blomkamp reveals synopsis for ‘Elysium’

Tom Clancy has seen his name on a fair share of novels, movies, and video games over the years. We’ve seen his books translate to film on a few occasions most notably The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games. That same transition hasn’t happened for any of his video games… at least not yet. Paramount Pictures has recently been reported to be the studio chosen to make Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell into a movie franchise.

Talks have been made between Ubisoft and several studios to translate the stealth action series to the big screen. The decision has come down to either Paramount or Warner Bros. with the former being the front runner. Most likely this is due to the studio’s long running history with Tom Clancy projects having worked on all four movies so far based on his novels. A Splinter Cell movie, however, will likely be more closely based on the video games as opposed to the books they originated from.

This won’t be the first Ubisoft franchise brought to film. Hitman and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time were released in 2007 and 2010 respectively to sub-par reviews. An Assassins Creed movie is also currently in talks to be picked up. We can only hope that these latest projects will be handled with much better care and break the mold of the typical “bad video game movie” stigma.

No word has broken out yet on who would be attached to the project although we can always speculate. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing someone like Sam Worthington playing the role of Sam Fisher based on his performances in Terminator Salvation and Avatar. He has the look of a tough guy who can sneak in the shadows and would merely need to grow a bit of a stubble to have the look down well. Let us know who you think would be good for the role in the comments below!

Fans of 2009′s surprise sci-fi flick District 9 have been clamoring for director Neill Blomkamp (pictured right) to come out with a sequel. Although he has his own reasons to not rush one out, a new film Blomkamp is working on has recently surfaced along with a synopsis, cast, and release date.

Titled Elysium, this will make for Neill Blomkamp‘s second major movie release. He will have a more star studded cast to work with including the likes of Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and William Fichtner. District 9 star Sharlto Copley will also have a role.

The following synopsis gives us a glimpse into the world where Elysium will take place.

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

The film is assumed to be well into develop with a release date of March 1st, 2013 fast approaching. No other details have been officially released yet.

Elysium appears to delve deep into themes in regards to immigration laws much like how District 9 did. While his last film had more of a racial tone, Blomkamp’s next venture seems to focus on wealth disparity between classes of people. If so, it’s possible a message similar to that of the Occupy movement will be ingrained into the story.

The follow video may or may not be related to Elysium although Blomkamp is credited for it. A cryptic home video is being recorded by a couple of guys on the road when they come across a strange dead creature stamped with “AGM Heartland”. Check it out for yourself below and leave a comment with what you think it may mean.

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