It looks like with Henry Cavill leaving Geralt of Rivia behind, Netflix is looking to secure another fantasy juggernaut. Our trusted and proven sources tell us that the rights to a live-action adaptation of the Baldur’s Gate game series could soon be sold to Netflix. Set in the Forgotten Realms world of Dungeons & Dragons, Baldur’s Gate has spawned nine video games since 1998, the most recent being the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate 3 which released on multiple gaming platforms in August and September.
We’ve exclusive learned that Netflix is in talks to acquire the rights to a live-action adaptation of the Baldur’s Gate game series.
We don’t know yet if the Baldur’s Gate project Netflix has in mind is a series and/or movie, though narratively speaking the former would seem to make the most sense. Not counting the early 2010s remakes of the Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, the series spans nine games and over a century of story.
It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the studio doesn’t much care at this point what its version of Baldur’s Gate looks like, as long as Netflix can secure the IP. When The Witcher was still going strong, Netflix could still compete over the fantasy fan dollars Amazon Prime is attracting with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and The Wheel of Time. But with the news of Henry Cavill’s departure from The Witcher, Netflix looks to be bringing a spoon to a swordfight.
Liam Hemsworth is still slated to take over the lead role of The Witcher from Henry Cavill, but so far the reactions from fans don’t make it seem hopeful viewership for the series will do anything but plummet once Cavill is replaced.
Baldur’s Gate x Honor Among Thieves?
One interesting thing about a Baldur’s Gate project landing at Netflix is that it would create something of an unofficial crossover with a film from another studio. The Baldur’s Gate games, like Paramount‘s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, take place in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons.
So while we wouldn’t necessarily bet on Chris Pine or Michelle Rodriguez making any winking cameos in whatever live-action adaptation Netflix has in mind, technically it would be set in the same world.
Gaming Adaptations Taking Over
Should talks go well and a live-action Baldur’s Gate finds its way to Netflix, it will join a growing number of video game adaptations taking over movie screens and streaming platforms. Films like the Sonic the Hedgehog series, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Uncharted have done well at the box office. Meanwhile series like HBO’s The Last of Us, Netflix’s own Arcane, and Peacock’s Twisted Metal are gaining more popularity.
Once we know more about the Baldur’s Gate talks at Netflix, we’ll make sure you know.