Will Bungie’s Destiny become the latest video game to be adapted for a TV show or a movie? It’s too soon to say for sure, but design lead Robbie Stevens said in a new interview that all possibilities are on the table.
He told The Hollywood Reporter that because Bungie owns the Destiny IP, the studio controls the franchise completely–and this includes any transmedia efforts.
“Anything is possible,” he said about the Destiny series expanding beyond video games. “One of the advantages of Bungie fully owning the Destiny IP is that we have the freedom to make those choices whenever we think the time is right. That’s all I can say about it.”
The Destiny series is known for its narrative depth–there is a lot going on in the sci-fi world. As such, it would seem the Destiny series is a rich tapestry for storytelling beyond games. However, as of yet there have been no transmedia projects for Destiny on TV or the big screen.
There are numerous video game adaptations in the works, including the Halo TV show for Showtime (which is owned by GameSpot parent company ViacomCBS) and the Division movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. Additionally, Nintendo is working with Minions studio Illumination on a Mario movie.
As for the Destiny video game series, many are speculating that Bungie is well into development on Destiny 3 for release in 2020, though the studio has made no official announcements. In addition to that game (if it is real), Bungie is making non-Destiny projects thanks to the $100 million it received from Chinese internet company NetEase.
Bungie underwent a big shakeup in 2019 when it split up with Activision for the Destiny series. Bungie also changed Destiny with a free-to-play version and the release of the Shadowkeep expansion. Bungie also put Destiny 2 on Steam after breaking up with Activision and started allowing cross-platform character progression.