Gaming titles are notoriously difficult to bring to the big screen since it’s difficult to honor hundreds of hours of gaming within only two hours of film. Still, some companies managed to pull it off, giving successful gaming franchises their worthy adaptations. Next to Sonic the Hedgehog, Prince of Persia, and Warcraft, it’s time for League of Legends to appear on the big screen.
According to an article published by ONE Esports, Riot is working on a live-action movie and TV show adaptation of the popular gaming title League of Legends. From what we could discern, Riot Games is hunting for talent, more specifically, two people to spearhead the company’s effort into live-action movies and television shows for the brand. The job listings are looking for the Global Head of Live-Action Film, and a Global Head of Live-Action TV, with at least eight years of experience in entertainment development and productions.
Both jobs are listed under Riot’s Entertainment Products job listings in their Los Angeles office, which undoubtedly has something to do with Hollywood. The required eight years of experience in entertainment development and production the company requires from its applicants are bound to come with connections to A-list actors, artists, directors, writers, and producers. And since those tend to be expensive, the requirements justify the speculations regarding franchise expansions, prompting the audience to believe that both adaptations wield a hefty production budget. You have to spend money to earn money, right?
The specifics for each job are different, but they’re both based on the fact that Riot is trying to create a League of Legends cinematic and television universe. Let’s not forget about their upcoming animated series Arcane, set in the League of Legends universe. The series was initially set for 2020, but it was rescheduled for 2021. Still, judging by the job listings and requirements for each job, the future projects look promising.
With that said, cinematic and television adaptations of gaming titles and vice versa are notoriously difficult. Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokémon Detective Pikachu are some of the rare movie adaptations that were actually good. The rest of them, including the Mortal Kombat movie series, Prince of Persia, Warcraft, and Doom, were over-glorified B movies with high-budget productions. In truth, they didn’t really hit the spot among the gaming audience. Still, things aren’t as grim for League of Legends if the movie and television development teams do things the right way.
League of Legends was released in 2009 and has remained to this day as one of the most popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) titles and the world’s largest esport. So far, Riot Games has released 155 champions for the game (at the time of writing), with hundreds of videos introducing each champion and tens of hours of different material woven into the game’s lore. That’s more than enough to make a decent League of Legends movie and an entire television show.
Unfortunately, the projects are still in their pre-production phases, with very little detail regarding the cast, lore, release dates, or anything of the sort. But with Arcane behind the corner, League of Legends fans get to experience another tale from their favorite universe while waiting for the announced movie and television show.