An animated Diablo TV series is reportedly in the works, and will be distributed via Netflix. In a tweet from earlier this week that has since been deleted, Andrew Cosby, who is the screenwriter of the animated Hellboy adaptation coming next year, confirmed the project.
In the tweet, posted on Wednesday night, Cosby said he would be show-running the new series. The post reads that “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.” He goes on to say that “It’s very exciting and I hope to the High Heavens it all works out,” referencing Diablo’s Realm of the Angels.
Given that the tweet has now been taken down, I guess Cosby was not free to confirm the existence of the new series. This being the internet, however, that tweet has been screen-grabbed, and you can see it in its entirety further down this article. It’s also worth pointing out this is, as yet, not a done deal – the tweet does say Cosby’s only in “final talks” to run the show, but that does bode quite well.
Obviously there are very few details about the animated series, and we’re likely still a long way off from its release. I’d speculate, however, that the story will be similar to that of the original Diablo, and that we won’t see the show until 2020 at the earliest. Cosby has also previously stated that if he were to write a Diablo show, “it would DEFINITELY be Rated R,” so expect plenty of blood.
In a since deleted tweet (cached here https://t.co/25OuXRBbhW) Boom! Studios founder Andrew Cosby confirms he is in "final talks" to write and show-run the new DIABLO animated series for Activision and Netflix. pic.twitter.com/21UpDv1aO2
— Xbox Tavern (@XboxTavern) September 21, 2018
This is, of course, not Netflix’s first foray into videogame TV series. Its Castlevania adaptation is gearing up for a second series, while its take on The Witcher, due in 2019, recently confirmed Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia.
Diablo fans have been quick to point out that Blizzard has mentioned “multiple Diablo projects” over the past few months. Assuming this show is one of them, that means we’re not yet ruling out Diablo 4. With that in mind, it might be a good idea to pay close attention to BlizzCon later this year.