As if The Witcher wasn’t enough to fulfill our appetite for game-based fantasy adaptations, Netflix is reportedly looking to adapt another major RPG franchise with swords, magic, elves, and dragons. That’s according to industry insider Daniel Ritchtman (via Eurogamer), who claims that the world’s predominate streamer is developing a TV show based on Bethesda’s hit open-world, magic-infused series, The Elder Scrolls.
While it’s too early to tell whether the show will lean on any of the franchise’s more memorable quests and storylines, such as Skyrim’s House of Horrors or Oblivion’s Paranoia, Ritchtman did point out that Netflix expects The Elder Scrolls series to be just as popular as The Witcher, which premiered in December 2019 to positive reviews.
Giving credence to the rumor is Bethesda’s keen and obvious interest in seeing its biggest franchises adapted for the streaming market. Back in July, we learned that Amazon Studios would be working on a TV series based on the developer’s post-apocalyptic action RPG franchise, Fallout, which is being overseen by Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan, Christopher Nolan’s brother.
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time,” Joy and Nolan said in a joint statement. “Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So we’re incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios.”
“Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring Fallout to the screen,” said Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios. “But it was clear from the moment I first spoke with Jonah and Lisa a few years ago, that they and the team at Kilter were the ones to do it right. We’re enormous fans of their work and couldn’t be more excited to work with them and Amazon Studios.”