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World of Darkness is also coming to TV!

It's not just Dungeons & Dragons, or this week's announced Scion TV show, that are getting the live-action treatment. The World of Darkness is getting a TV and movie franchise too!

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According to Deadline, Paradox Interactive (owner of the World of Darkness) and The Witcher and The Expanse studio Hivemind.

Writer-producer Christine Boylan said "“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.”

The developer, Eric Heisserer is the showrunner for Netflix's current Shadow and Bone series.

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It's not WoD's first appearance on TV. Back in 1996, a short-lived 8-episode series called Kindred: The Embraced was broadcast.
 

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It may work (and later hunters and changelings with their own series as "spin-off"), if producers and scripters do the right efforts. The lore is enoughly open and flexible, we don't need an official metaplot. Other series about vampires or supernatural creatures have lasted at least two seasons. Maybe we could find some retcons, for example about the kue-jin (this is the "nick" used by the western cainites, but the Asian vampires would rather their own names).

I admit it, I feel curiosity about the agents of the Technocracy, the mirror-glasses, or the members of the Inquisition.
 

The developer, Eric Heisserer is the showrunner for Netflix's current Shadow and Bone series.
This is pretty much the only reason to be excited here.

Shadow and Bone is actually considerably better than the book it is based on (and I suspect if they get more series, will be better still), whilst remaining very true to it and is staggeringly high-quality for its budget (forcing me to re-appraise my ideas about how much money you need to do a good fantasy show). That is pretty much entirely down to Eric Heisserer, and he managed it despite a lot of people trying to be extra cooks in the kitchen and a relatively tiny budget (according to one of the writers - basically everyone who could have an opinion - the producers and executive producers, the writers of the show, the original book writer all had Strong Opinions on how stuff should play out - Leigh Bardugo is very happy with it though thankfully).

He also adapted Arrival, which got nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar (and with good reason).

So if anyone could make this stuff work, there's a good chance it's him. Bonus that the Witcher/Expanse studio is involved, who are probably experts in stretching a budget and making things look decent too.
 



Dire Bare

Legend
I'm cautiously optimistic! I'd love to see a series based on Mage, my favorite of the WoD games.

Can't be worse than 96's "Kindred", that was not a good show.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
I'm cautiously optimistic! I'd love to see a series based on Mage, my favorite of the WoD games.

Can't be worse than 96's "Kindred", that was not a good show.
I can't even imagine how they'd do a Mage show without cutting large swathes of the setting.
 

I can't even imagine how they'd do a Mage show without cutting large swathes of the setting.
A WoD TV show will likely focus on a mix of characters. I would imagine there will be a protagonist of each of the main types, supporting characters of all the others, and probably push stuff like most of the things mages get up to off to the margins.

If this is oWoD, going straight at Mage would mean trying to do The Matrix while also including vampires and werewolves, which will be hard for audiences new to the material to get their heads around. Better to just have a few obnoxious Order of Hermes types showing up as antagonists/walking deus ex machina occasionally and have a single newbie mage as one of the protagonists. If she was a Hollow One, that would not only be great for the oWoD aesthetic, it would also mean that organized mages would be held off at arms' length by default.
 


Ixal

Explorer
Hopefully this turns out better than the video game.
I wonder if the original plan was that they launched around the same time. The question is what will happen now as the video game is basically on hold.

I also wonder which lore they will use, old or new Wod, or mix it as desired, and what parts they will use (Vampires, Werewolves, etc.).
 

I'm here for the inevitable What We Do In The Shadows mash-ups...

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But seriously, I wonder how it will differentiate itself from True Blood, which even has a reboot coming. True Blood strip-mined WoD, which strip-mined The Vampire Chronicles (which also has a TV series in development).
 

But seriously, I wonder how it will differentiate itself from True Blood, which even has a reboot coming. True Blood strip-mined WoD, which strip-mined The Vampire Chronicles (which also has a TV series in development).
It's hilarious how much everyone involved in True Blood insisted they didn't know anything about the World of Darkness, when everything about it screamed otherwise, down to every supernatural type having their own massive societies that somehow managed to stay hidden from the world and each other while simultaneously being all over the damned place.

Also the horniness. And also the extreme draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaama.

The easiest way for this show to differentiate itself from True Blood, though, would be for the lead actors to have plausible Southern accents.

"Beeyul!"

"Suh-keh!"
 

Hopefully this turns out better than the video game.
I wonder if the original plan was that they launched around the same time. The question is what will happen now as the video game is basically on hold.

I also wonder which lore they will use, old or new Wod, or mix it as desired, and what parts they will use (Vampires, Werewolves, etc.).
Onyx Path isn't mentioned anywhere above, so I would assume this is oWoD.
 

Onyx Path isn't mentioned anywhere above, so I would assume this is oWoD.
It is, it was confirmed at some point.
It's hilarious how much everyone involved in True Blood insisted they didn't know anything about the World of Darkness, when everything about it screamed otherwise, down to every supernatural type having their own massive societies that somehow managed to stay hidden from the world and each other while simultaneously being all over the damned place.
It was astonishingly implausible that no-one knew, yeah. There's also the amazing episode where they're all wearing black leather and have rocket launchers and machineguns and stuff which seemed like a direct VtM "trenchcoats and katanas" parody.
But seriously, I wonder how it will differentiate itself from True Blood, which even has a reboot coming. True Blood strip-mined WoD, which strip-mined The Vampire Chronicles (which also has a TV series in development).
Doesn't really need to differentiate itself from True Blood, given that show finished in 2014 (and most people stopped watching it a while before that).

Realistically it's bound to be set in a big city and be a lot more wilfully edgy than True Blood (and the supernatural powers more supernatural).
 

Ixal

Explorer
Is known from which perspective it will play? Although I think it can only be humans or vampires as they are the most popular in and outside of VoD and also vampires are still the most accessible to an audience unfamiliar with WoD.
 


See also, as @ko6ux mentioned, Underworld. While World of Darkness wasn't exactly 100% original either, there have been so many properties that came out since it was released that were clearly cribbing notes from it.

It's hilarious how much everyone involved in True Blood insisted they didn't know anything about the World of Darkness, when everything about it screamed otherwise, down to every supernatural type having their own massive societies that somehow managed to stay hidden from the world and each other while simultaneously being all over the damned place.

Also the horniness. And also the extreme draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaama.

The easiest way for this show to differentiate itself from True Blood, though, would be for the lead actors to have plausible Southern accents.

"Beeyul!"

"Suh-keh!"
 




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