After an increasing number of game adaptations that will soon reach the big and small screen (Uncharted, The Last of Us, Borderlands, Brothers in Arms, Resident Evil, Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Fallout), a new reputation shared by film critics and reporter Daniel Richtman via his Patreon page suggest that an Elder Scrolls TV series may be in secret production on Netflix. The report, discovered by We Got This Covered, also goes on to say that this project will be as big of a budget as The Witcher, to say the least.
Bethesda’s IP comes with huge, thousands of years of exciting stories full of intricate details about deities (Aedra and Daedra), races and cultures that can easily be shaped into an interesting TV show from Elds Scrolls.
Admittedly, this is not the most solid source available, but the possibility is not very removed if you think about it. Elder Scrolls is a classic fantasy, and Netflix no doubt needs to do something more in that regard if we look at the schedule. There will be Shadow and Bone in April 2021, in addition to the second season of The Witcher and a limited prequel series (Blood Origin), but not much else we know about.
On the other hand, Amazon’s upcoming fantasy offering includes none other than The Lord of the Rings (set in the second time of Tolkien’s universe), as well as The Wheel of Time (based on the saga of books by Robert Jordan), Havenfall (based on the works of Sara Holland ), and Highfire (from Eoin Colfer, also known as Artemis Fowl), as well as the original show Carnival Row.
From Bethesda’s point of view, it would also make sense to prepare the production for an Elder Scrolls TV series given that The Elder Scrolls VI is also under development. Releasing both around the same time and possibly the same year can further ignite the hype machine at both ends of the entertainment medium.
If true, however, we can wait a long time. Bethesda Game Studios launches Starfield first, probably next year, and then the studio’s regular three-year plan suggests a launch for TES VI in 2024. Until then, though, stay tuned.