Disco Elysium TV Series in Development

Variety is reporting that dj2 Entertainment is working with independent game studio ZA/UM to develop a TV series based off their award winning game Disco Elysium.

Released in October 2019, Disco Elysium is set in the same literary universe as lead designer Robert Kurvitz’s novel Sacred and Terrible Air, originally published in Estonia back in 2013.  The game has received tremendous critical acclaim, as well as capturing four awards at The Game Awards and three BAFTA awards.  Time Magazine named it one of the best games of the decade.  Set in a fantastic world, players take on the role of an amnesiac detective who must solve a murder while also trying to piece together the fragments of their own memories.

dj2 Entertainment, coming off their recent success with adapting Sonic The Hedgehog, is also working on other video game adaptations such as Hong Kong crime drama Sleeping Dogs and sci-fi stealth game Echo.  At present, there is currently no writing staff currently in place for Disco Elysium, though writers are reportedly in talks with dj2.  There has also been no indication as to what network or streaming service might eventually carry the program, nor how many episodes or how many seasons the series might eventually fill.  Nevertheless, CEO Dmitri M. Johnson expressed his excitement for the new project.  “Disco Elysium is a phenomenal property with an expansive world and unlimited potential. The dj2 team is truly thrilled about this extraordinary opportunity to be part of it all.”

Helen Hindpere, one of the writers on the game, added this, “We’re so gratified at the response Disco Elysium has received, and very happy to be teaming with dj2 to expand the franchise for other media and new audiences.”

Whether the TV series will be able to capture the tone and aesthetic of Disco Elysium is uncertain, but fans will certainly be watching this project closely.


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