For several years now, video game developer Bethesda Game Studios has cornered the market when it comes to producing highly immersive open-world action-adventure titles. Specifically speaking, the company’s long-running The Elder Scrolls fantasy franchise has become one of the most popular titles going on some ten-plus years now.
Ever since making the transition into fully integrated free-form design in terms of gameplay with the release of Morrowind in 2002, Bethesda has managed to dominate the fantasy RPG market with each subsequent release in the best-selling series. While the hotly anticipated sixth installment and follow-up to the massively successful Skyrim from 2011 is still a long ways off, Bethesda might be willing to give fans another novel point of entry into the massive fantasy realm; namely, an Elder Scrolls film. However, Bethesda is being very specific in regards to who it would want to appoint as the production’s director.
In a recent interview conducted by Finder.com.au, Bethesda marketing executive Peter Hines made it clear that the esteemed video game studio is not overly interested in lending any of its associated properties over to a film studio any time soon. Nevertheless, they might consider a movie based on The Elder Scrolls – if Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy director Peter Jackson was signed on to direct. Speaking to the idea, Hines said:
“I think if Peter Jackson turned up at [Bethesda game director Todd Howard]’s office and said, ‘I want to do Elder Scrolls,’ well that would be a pretty serious conversation you would have to listen to. But I think Peter is probably pretty busy. So I don’t see us anytime soon looking at movies.”
Jackson’s recent works that brought iconic fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s realm of Middle Earth to life certainly speaks to his abilities as a genre filmmaker, though it obviously remains highly doubtful that the director would have the time, resources, and energy to put into making another like-minded epic production such as The Elder Scrolls. Furthermore, after watching director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft struggle at the domestic box office (that film’s massive China box office haul aside), it’s hard to imagine too many studios jumping at the opportunity to adapt another fantasy RPG to the big screen.
The again, maybe director Justin Kurzel will fare better when his adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game property Assassin’s Creed sees theatrical release later this year. Following such an outcome, perhaps, the idea of a movie based on The Elder Scrolls will begin to look more realistic. The rest is up to Jackson, provided Bethesda gets their way.
We’ll keep you updated on the future of The Elder Scrolls franchise as more information is made available.