A Disco Elysium TV Show Is Now in Development

A Disco Elysium TV Show Is Now in Development

ZA/UM is teaming up with the production company behind the Sonic movie for this project.

Disco Elysium, ZA/UM's BAFTA award-winning RPG (and, let's not forget, 2019's USG Game of the Year) is being lined up for a TV adaptation. There are no writers or networks attached just yet, but with the production company behind the Sonic the Hedgehog film behind it, chances seem good that we'll see a show about the world of Revachol actually get made.

Variety reported word of the new project and the partnership between ZA/UM and dj2 Entertainment today. ZA/UM writer Helen Hindpere tells Variety that the studio is "very happy to be teaming with dj2 to expand the franchise for other media and new audiences."

The degree to which Hindpere, lead writer and designer Robert Kurvitz, or other members of the team at ZA/UM will be involved with the show remains to be seen. Right now, dj2 is reportedly holding meetings with writers and plans to pitch the show later this year.

Founded by Dmitri M. Johnson, dj2 is also developing adaptations for a host of other games, including live-action shows for Life Is Strange and Vampyr, as well as film versions of Sleeping Dogs and We Happy Few. Sonic the Hedgehog, dj2's most prominent project since its formation in 2011, is getting a sequel after becoming North America's top-grossing movie based on a game of all time.

Disco Elysium is joining a growing and eclectic list of games that are being brought over to the screen. A show based on The Last of Us is in the works at HBO, production is underway on Showtime's Halo series, Netflix is adding shows based on Cuphead and Cyberpunk 2077 to its list of game adaptations, and Cate Blanchett is set to appear in Eli Roth's Borderlands movie. Sony's feature film adaptation of Uncharted is also inching closer to production with its seventh director, Reuben Fletcher of Venom, now attached to the project.

If you still haven't played ZA/UM's stunning RPG, you'll have more options for checking it out soon. ZA/UM has announced plans to bring Disco Elysium to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch in 2020.

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Mathew Olson


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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