The Secret World comes to the small screen
On August 15th, 2017, Funcom announced that Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and G4C Innovation’s Gudrun Giddings have partnered to produce a TV series based on Funcom’s massively multiplayer online game The Secret World. The TV series will center on a team of undercover agents and the war between secret societies, the Illuminati, Dragon and the Templar. Also central to the plot is the battle against the supernatural that will span across our world, multiple dimensions, and incorporates the realms of ancient myths and legends as well as today’s conspiracy theories and headline news.
The pilot was written by James V. Hart (Hook, Dracula, Contact) and Jake Hart. Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sarkar and Gudrun Giddings will produce together with Showrunner Pam Veasey. (CSI-NY). CAA (Creative Artists Agency) is packaging.
“The Secret World universe is full of stories just waiting to be told,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “From secret societies to myths and legends that are all coming true, The Secret World captures some of humanity’s greatest mysteries and asks “what if?”. As the developers of The Secret World and Secret World Legends, we think it is a fantastic premise for a television show and one we hope will capture the collective imagination of the audience.”
“It is one of the most character-driven and well-developed games I know of,” says Gudrun Giddings, who optioned the media rights back in 2012. “Hence it naturally lends itself to fantastical storylines with intriguing characters, a thrilling, and binge-worthy international TV show.”
Sam Sarkar, who developed the project from its inception with Gudrun Giddings said: “From the moment Gudrun first brought this to me, I loved this property. I live for conspiracy theory. I don’t believe it, but I love it. This is the secret story of the people who rule the people who rule the world.
The Secret World was recently rebooted as the shared-world online RPG Secret World Legends. Shortly after its launch Funcom announced that it was encouraged by the initial success of the reboot and said that it was years since the company last saw a similar player surge in the Secret World universe. Secret World Legends now has a more accessible experience , with revamped combat, progression, and other improvements.
As an avid fan of this IP I am thrilled to see this in the works and hope that it is able to get off the ground! What do you think of this endeavor?