It’s time to throw on that long leather coat, wear sunglasses at night, and get in the mood for some modern day horror because the tabletop roleplaying game franchise ‘World of Darkness’ is getting the big and small screen treatments.
According to Variety, Eric Heisserer (Shadow and Bone and Bird Box) and Christine Boylan (The Punisher and Once Upon a Time) has teamed up with game publisher Paradox Interactive to develop the WoD universe for film and television with production company Hivemind. For those unfamiliar with the production company, they have produced the Amazon sci-fi series ‘The Expanse’ and are currently developing a spinoff anime prequel series to ‘The Witcher’ with Netflix.
Boylan has said the following in a statement;
“The World of Darkness story universe is deliberately and unapologetically inclusive and diverse. It has always made a point of including equal gendered characters, protagonists and antagonists of every race, and representation of all creeds — bringing a female and diverse audience to gaming like nothing prior. Its games and fandom are a place where women, POC, and the LGBTQI community feel welcome and we are very proud to bring these stories to life.”
And Heisserer adds;
“The legacy of these stories is way ahead of its time, inviting issues and perspectives other games ignored. This feels like the next step for genre.”
At the moment there are no distribution deals set, which means the WoD team can keep their options open. But the team does expect to announce development on specific titles in the coming year.
This also means that that specific properties in the WoD catalog will be getting part of the project but the franchise does have a deep well to draw on. At the very least, we’re pretty confident that flagship game ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’ will fit in there somewhere. And there’s also ‘Werewolf: The Apocalypse’ (the new edition is scheduled for release later this year), Mage: The Ascension, Changeling: The Dreaming, Wraith: The Oblivion, and more.
What are you hoping to see come out of this project? Let us know![Source: Variety]