According to Variety, DreamWorks is close to acquiring the film rights to Tom Clancy's videogame Splinter Cell, with Daniel Pyne (The Manchurian Candidate) attached to write the script.

Studio would take the project over from Paramount, where it was originally set up last winter. Michael Ovitz, Clancy's longtime manager, is still producing.

Under the terms of the Par pact, Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) was to direct the pic. He signed a holding deal in order to get the franchise quickly into production, but with all the management shifts at Par, the project stalled.

When the holding deal expired, Berg dropped out and moved on to The Kingdom, set up at Universal. Ovitz opted to repackage "Splinter."

The original script for Splinter Cell was written by Berg, Splinter Cell vidgame writer J.T. Petty and John J. McLaughlin.

Splinter Cell, now in its third edition, follows the adventures of government spy Sam Fisher as he's dispatched to infiltrate an international terrorist syndicate and stop a high-tech threat.

Published by Ubisoft, the first three games in the vidgame series -- Splinter Cell, "Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow" and "Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory" -- have sold more than 12 million units worldwide.

Splinter Cell is one of three game franchises created by Clancy; the others are "Rainbow Six" and "Ghost Recon."