The hit MMO game The Secret World is about to become a little less secret, as the tale will soon unfold on yet another medium – television.
Deadline revealed today that the hit game will be the subject of a TV adaptation, which will be produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil studio, in partnership with G4C Innovation’s Gudrun Giddings.
Former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Vessey will be in charge of the project, with the TV adaptation being written by James V. Hart (Hook, Crossbones) and Jake Hart.
Based on the hit game The Secret World (and its recently released spin-off Secret World Legends), the show will revolve around a team of undercover agents as they attempt to take on a group of secret societies threatening to take over the world, including the Templar, the Dragon and the Illuminati. The show will revolve around ancient myths and legends, with just a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.
The show will be produced by Depp, Giddings, Christi Dembrowski and Sam Sarkar.
“The Secret World is the ideal gaming experience to translate into a live-action episodic adventure,” said Vessey in the press statement for the show.
Created by the team at Funcom, the original game published back in 2012 and became a big underground hit for the company, with Legends doing well on its own part. “The Secret World universe is full of stories just waiting to be told,” said Rui Casais, CEO of Funcom. “From secret societies to myths and legends that are all coming true, The Secret World captures some of humanity’s greatest mysteries and asks, ‘What if?’”
The media rights for the series were actually optioned by Giddings following the game’s release that same year – in 2012 – and has been in the works for some time, with Sarkar taking involvement. “It’s one of the most character driven and well developed games I know of and naturally lends itself to fantastical storylines with intriguing characters, a thrilling and binge-worthy international TV show,” Giddings noted.
Added Sarkar, “From the moment Gudrun first brought this to me, I loved this property. I live for conspiracy theory. I don’t believe it, but I love it. This is the secret story of the people who rule the people who rule the world.”
No word yet on where the show will end up, but we’ll keep you informed when it finds a home.