According to Giant Freaking Robot, Netflix is actively engaged in negotiations to secure the rights for a live-action adaptation of Baldur’s Gate.
In recent years, video game adaptations have garnered considerable success. The developers have found the perfect balance between cinematic elements and gaming dynamics. Outstanding examples of this include acclaimed works such as Super Mario Bros., Arcane, The Last of Us, and Castlevania, among others. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Netflix is now setting its sights on yet another iconic title.
The specific format of the Baldur’s Gate adaptation has yet to be disclosed. Will it materialize as a series? A standalone movie? Or a blend of both? Only time will tell. However, considering the rich and expansive lore of the franchise, a series appears to be the most fitting choice. After all, compressing the content of nine titles into just a few hours is highly impossible. Surely, gaming enthusiasts have yet to forget how this kind of approach played out for the Warcraft movie in 2016.
Netflix’s ambition to broaden its fantasy content and build up a massive fanbase is achievable. Especially if they can capture the essence of Baldur’s Gate. However, the streaming platform may want to navigate this path with care. Otherwise, the audience will be in for another Witcher disaster.