Today was a good day for the gaming industry.
Fox21, a division of 2oth Century Fox Television that focuses on smaller-budget television projects, have secured the broadcasting rights to Vampyr: the recently released Gothic Vampire RPG by DONTNOD Entertainment. This is being done in partnership with the California-based DJ2 Entertainment which has also secured the broadcasting rights to DONTNOD’s Life Is Strange, Devolver Digital’s RUINER, and Tarsier Studios’ Little Nightmares. It continues DJ2’s strategy of turning video game IPs into television and film content and with a narrow focus and scope, it could well succeed. From the press release:
As the developers of VAMPYR, DONTNOD CEO Oskar Guilbert goes on the record to say, “we believe it is a fantastic premise for a television show. This is a new and exciting way for fans of the game, as well as the uninitiated, to enter and engage with VAMPYR’S rich, deep story. We cannot wait to see how the talented team at FOX21 will bring out the darkly atmospheric universe of our game into television.”
Focus’ CEO Jurgen Goeldner agrees and says, “we are delighted to partner with FOX21 for the adaptation of VAMPYR into a TV series. DONTNOD has created a uniquely dark, immersive world with deep narration, which has made VAMPYR already a modern video game classic. We cannot wait to see FOX21 bring all of their talent and experience in launching a TV show that will allow an even wider audience to discover the fantastic universe of VAMPYR.”
“The DJ2 team loves the creative vision DONTNOD & Focus devote to all of their projects,” says DJ2 CEO, Dmitri Johnson. “The great relationship we’ve built with them since partnering on their incredible game, LIFE IS STRANGE, allowed us to get on board for VAMPYR well before its release. Like them, we’re excited to collaborate with our friends at FOX21, Wonderland, and the rest of the creative team we’re assembling.”
There is no time table for production of a Vampyr television series. Realisitcally, we’re looking at anywhere between 2020 and 2021. Presumably, once the details are settled, we will learn more. Of course, we will follow this story here as it develops. JP3: OUT.