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10 wild video game adaptations being made right now

These shows could break the video game adaptation curse.

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Adaptations of video games have a spotty history, but a spree of new projects could change that ...

Here are the 10 biggest upcoming TV shows based on video games.

10. Driver

This one just has us curious. There hasn’t been a main series Driver game since 2011 and it’s hard to see what makes it a good pick for an adaptation. If it uses Driver: San Francisco’s bizarre body-swapping premise, it could get interesting.

9. Sable

One of 2021’s best games could be getting its own TV series. The meditative adventure game Sable is part of a TV deal between publisher Raw Fury and dJ2 Entertainment, which could adapt several games in the publisher’s catalog.

8. Final Fantasy XIV

A live-action series based on Final Fantasy 14 was announced in 2019 by the production company behind Netflix’s The Witcher. News about the show has been rarer than a gold chocobo since then, but at least there’s Dad of Light to hold us over.

7. System Shock

Classic cyberpunk RPG System Shock is getting an adaptation on Binge, a streaming service set to launch in 2022. The cult classic story of body horror and rogue AI also has a remake in the works.

6. Nightcall

Another Raw Fury game, Nightcall, was named in its first-look deal with dJ2. The game (and presumably show) centers around a cab driver putting together clues about a string of murders from passengers’ conversations.

5. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

So Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t go quite as planned. Maybe the TV show will fare better. This animated series is set in the same universe as the tabletop and video games, but won’t adapt their stories directly.

4. Halo

The Wire’s Pablo Schreiber is set to play Master Chief in the Halo TV series, but story details aren’t public yet. Halo is slated to appear on Paramount Plus sometime in 2022.

3. Fallout

Announced in 2020, Fallout is in development for Amazon. It’s headed by the creators of Westworld, and will likely use the games’ retro-apocalyptic world as a starting point rather than following their storylines.

2. Resident Evil

Resident Evil has had a boatload of adaptations already, but why not take one more shot? This one is set to star Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker and take place both before and after the T-virus outbreak.

Lance Reddick

1. The Last of Us

Maybe the highest-profile game adaptation in production, The Last of Us is being written by game director Neil Druckmann. Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) and Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) are set to play Ellie and Joel.

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