Bungie on the Prospect of a Destiny TV Show or Film: "Anything Is Possible"

Bungie on the Prospect of a Destiny TV Show or Film: "Anything Is Possible"

Since Bungie owns the IP, decisions on how to expand Destiny's lore is up to them.

In a way, Destiny's story goes as deep as you'd like it to. If you're content to play through missions and watch the cutscenes, you'll have a decent idea of the solar system's various conflicts, and if you go all in for Grimoire entries you'll have centuries of lore before you. In a new interview, Bungie's creative lead Robbie Stevens says expanding Destiny's story outside of the game is "possible"—say, in a TV show or film—but doesn't have anything to announce on the subject at this time.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter's Patrick Shanley, Robbie Stevens discusses where Bungie's taken Destiny's story since parting ways with Activision and in the wake of the Shadowkeep expansion. "If you look at how we're trying to construct Destiny now," says Stevens, "it's in some ways like building a seasonal TV show."

Naturally, with Destiny hewing closer to a TV-inspired approach to storytelling, a series in the work at Showtime for Bungie's previous marquee franchise, and at least one game-adjacent show breaking into the spotlight, there are good reasons to ask if Destiny might go Hollywood. Stevens' answer doesn't pack a bombshell reveal, but he does emphasize that bringing Destiny to TV or film is Bungie's decision to make:

"Anything is possible," he says. "One of the advantages of Bungie fully owning the Destiny IP is that we have the freedom to make those choices whenever we think the time is right. That's all I can say about it."

Since launching Destiny 2 and even before the split from Activision, Bungie has dabbled in a bit of transmedia storytelling by way of some Destiny tie-in comics, so there's already more than just game content for fans to sink their teeth into. Still, as we're only in the second season of Destiny 2's reworked seasonal experience (one that might feature the lore's most convoluted time travel story yet), Stevens emphasizes that Bungie's hard at work on expanding Destiny's story in-game.

"We're putting the pieces in place for the future," says Stevens of Shadowkeep's ending, which has major implications for Destiny's story moving forward. With Destiny's fate resting entirely in the studio's hands, it seems Bungie has plenty to tackle with just the game—but at least if Bungie does take it to another medium, they've got a stable of TV and film actors already involved with the series that they can try to enlist.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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