Skull & Bones may be known as a stupendous sea-worthy open-world adventure with epic ship battles and pirate pillaging that’s been teased for the past two years by game publisher Ubisoft. However, in an intriguing development, the highly-anticipated video game will arrive as part of a multi-medium blitz, with plans now set for a television series based off the property.
Ubisoft is planning to produce a Skull & Bones TV series, reports THR. The game company is making the medium jump by teaming up with Atlas Entertainment, a studio connected to some DC Extended Universe films like the smash hit, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad, as well as imminently-returning Bravo drama series, Dirty John. While specific plot details for the small screen adaptation of the pirate game were not revealed, the company is promoting the notion that it will be female-driven, set in “the lawless frontier of the Indian Ocean at the end of the golden age of piracy in the 1700s.”
The wheel for Skull & Bones’ proverbial pirate ship of a show will be placed in the hands of Amanda Segel, who will write the pilot and serve as executive producer. Segel brings experience from USA Network’s recently cancelled Shooter, with past runs at the helm of shows such as The Mist, Person of Interest, Nikita, The Good Wife and Without a Trace. Segel will be joined by executive producers Atlas’s Andy Horwitz and Richard Suckle, along with producer Robert Amidon. Also onboard are Danielle Kreinik, Ubisoft’s director of development for television, who will also serve as an executive producer, joined in that capacity by the head of Ubisoft Film and Television, Jason Altman.
Skull & Bones won’t be Ubisoft’s first live-action IP adaptation plunge. The company co-produced the 20th Century Fox-distributed 2016 Assassin’s Creed film adaptation, which starred Michael Fassbender; a disappointing $125 million-budgeted boondoggle that only banked $54 million at the domestic box office, though fared better overseas at $186 million. However, the difference here is that, rather than capitalizing on the success of an existing franchise, this TV series is a preemptive project that’s designed to help buttress a franchise – centered on the yet-to-be-released video game – in its upcoming launch. Indeed, the trailers for the game showcase footage that’s undeniably impressive, seemingly putting a maritime spin on the open-world dynamic that has been so successful for Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption franchises.
Moreover, Ubisoft is also developing a movie adaptation of its game series, The Division, with Deadpool 2 director David Leitch attached, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain set to co-star. Plus, the company, joined by 3 Arts and Lionsgate, is set to unveil a live-action video-game-themed comedy series from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia duo Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day; a project that was ordered straight to series by Apple.
We will keep you updated on the Skull & Bones TV series as the news arrives!