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'Kingdom Come: Deliverance' Is Getting A Live-Action Adaptation

'Kingdom Come: Deliverance' Is Getting A Live-Action Adaptation

Bohemia rhapsody.

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

Kingdom Come: Deliverance will be receiving a live-action adaptation, arising from a collaboration between the developer and one of the former vice presidents at Netflix.

The report comes from Variety, and states that Wild Sheep Content will be helming the adaptation, which may end up as a film or a series. Erik Barmack, former vice president of Netflix's international originals, established the company last year in order to promote "amazing, non-U.S. worlds that are locally relevant, but with a regional and global popularity that streamers are looking for as they become more and more global." Warhorse Studios CEO Martin Frývaldský is on board, and both Barmack and Frývaldský are actively seeking writers and directors for the burgeoning project.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance, released for PC and consoles in 2018, is set in the historical kingdom of Bohemia (which now comprises most of the Czech Republic). Henry, the protagonist, is one of the only survivors of a raid by mercenaries upon his village, which is in fact the first step of Hungarian king Sigismund's strategy to conquer Bohemia. Henry takes up arms against these invaders, and over the course of the branching storylines in an expansive open world, finds himself at the heart of a bloody campaign to defend his homeland from subjugation.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Barmack has commended the universality of the game's narrative, and the realism of its themes. "It's especially interesting that video games with heavy narrative, like The Witcher and Kingdom Come: Deliverance, are uniquely adaptable, and local but global all at once," he explained, and added that it is "super important" to look away from the United States for new stories to tell.

This motive is reflected in Wild Sheep Content's recent agreement to develop a live-action adaptation of Yakuza. The series is the second-most lucrative series of SEGA's, and Barmack has joined with 1212 Entertainment to produce the project. "Yakuza offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before," said 1212 Entertainment of the announcement. "The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal - a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption."

At the moment, it's tough to think of a video game that hasn't been tipped for an adaptation. Monster Hunter will arrive in December, featuring a star-studded cast with Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, and Tony Jaa. Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and Naughty Dog creative director will be penning the The Last of Us TV series, so expect to have your heartstrings torn asunder. Oh, and Sonic The Hedgehog is the highest-grossing video game film adaptation of all time in North America.

Featured Image Credit: Warhorse Studios