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Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil to produce The Secret World TV-series


Johnny Depp founded Infinitum Nihilin in 2004 to serve as a platform for movies he wanted to produce and or star in. It's run by his sister, Christi Dembrowski, and their latest project is a TV-series adaptation based on the universe of Funcom's The Secret World, and The Secret World Legends. The pilot was written by James V. Hart (Hook, Dracula, Contact), while Depp himself forms part of the production team.

“The Secret World universe is full of stories just waiting to be told,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “From secret societies to myths and legends that are all coming true, The Secret World captures some of humanity’s greatest mysteries and asks 'what if?'. As the developers of The Secret World and Secret World Legends, we think it is a fantastic premise for a television show and one we hope will capture the collective imagination of the audience.”

“It is one of the most character-driven and well-developed games I know of,” says Gudrun Giddings, who optioned the media rights back in 2012. “Hence it naturally lends itself to fantastical storylines with intriguing characters, a thrilling, and binge-worthy international TV show.”

Sam Sarkar, who developed the project from its inception with Gudrun Giddings said: “From the moment Gudrun first brought this to me, I loved this property. I live for conspiracy theory. I don’t believe it, but I love it. This is the secret story of the people who rule the people who rule the world.”

The Secret World might do better as a TV-series than what it did as a video game, especially under Depp's guidance. Like the game, the TV-series will be about a group of undercover agents and the war between three secret societies, Illuminati, Dragon and Templar. There will be a strong focus on the supernatural, multi dimensions, the realms of ancient myths and legends, as well as current day conspiracy theories and headline news.

When TV and Film run out of stories they can always turn to the deep well that is video games.

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Han Cilliers

Han Cilliers

Lola puts the cobalt back in all things blue. An active, but odd master of the unorthodox, with more than three decades of sore thumbs under her belt. Oh cat! Writer at Glitched Africa
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