World Of Darkness Movie, TV Show In The Works With The Witcher Company And Arrival Writer

Writer Eric Heisserer, who earned an Oscar nomination for the sci-fi movie Arrival, is also attached to the project.


World of Darkness, the series that has spawned tabletop games, video games, and more, is growing its reach with a new movie and TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paradox Interactive is working with Arrival writer Eric Heisserer--who earned an Oscar nomination for that movie--to create a "shared universe" that will span a movie and TV show. Christine Boylan, who has worked on The Punisher, is also contributing the project, along with The Witcher production company Hivemind.

"The World of Darkness story universe is deliberately and unapologetically inclusive and diverse," Boylan said. "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."

Heisserer added: "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."

Hivemind's Jason Brown said in his own statement that Heisserer and Boylan are "gamers" who have played the World of Darkness franchise since it started in the '90s.

"It's a rare opportunity when the connection between storyteller and story runs this deep, and that is the alchemy which has led to many of our favorite and most culturally resonant franchises," Brown said.

The latest World of Darkness game is Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines 2, which was recently delayed beyond 2021 after its lead developer was removed from the project.

It sounds like it's still very early days for the World of Darkness shared universe, so there is no word yet on casting details for the film and TV show.

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