Andrew Cosby, writer of the upcoming ‘Hellboy‘ reboot, is attached to bring the hack-and-slash RPG ‘Diablo’ to animated life on Netflix.
Cosby made the announcement via Twitter, but later deleted the post, but not before Bloody Disgusting captured the message:
I guess I can confirm I am indeed in final talks to write and show-run the new DIABLO animated series for Activision and Netflix. It’s very exciting and I hope to the High Heavens it all works out.
Shortly before his kind-of announcement, he made the comment that IF he were to create a series based on ‘Diablo’, “it would DEFINITELY be Rated R”. So rest assured that the content will not be softened for TV, although that shouldn’t have been a concern, considering that Netflix has no fear in making its original projects, whether animated or live action.
The first edition of ‘Diablo’ was released in December of 1996, with a sequel ‘Diablo II’ arriving in 2000. ‘Diablo III’ was released in 2012. Various expansion packs were released for all three, with the most recent, “The Darkening of Tristram” released in 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first game.
In the various ‘Diablo’ games, players operate as a lone medieval warrior, who must travel through various dungeons to confront Diablo, the Lord of Terror. The games are produced by Blizzard Entertainment, which holds an annual Blizzcon. This year’s happens from October 25-29, which may be why Cosby had to delete his tweet– Blizzard may want to make the official announcement at that event.
Netflix has already experienced great success with another animated series based on a video game, ‘Castlevania’. The short first season garnered raves from fans and a second coincidentally arrives on the same weekend as Blizzcon.
Obviously, since Cosby’s statement is not official, there is no additional information about the ‘Diablo’ animated series, but once again, wait until Blizzcon for confirmation and hopefully more details.