The Secret World is a MMORPG. To be exact, it is a MMORPG that combines dark fantasy with Lovecraftian horror to create a seamless narrative set in something that resembles the modern world. The narrative can be summed up as the members of three secret societies combating the encroachment of supernatural entities while also making sure that it is their particular faction that will come out on top of the mess. For those who are curious, The Secret World was inspired in significant part by the Cthulhu Mythos, Stephen King’s novels, and the Indiana Jones movies, which should provide interested individuals with a fair amount of insight into what they can expect from not just the game but also the TV show that will be based on the game.
Why Is Johnny Depp Co-Producing The Secret World?
In brief, Gudrun Giddings optioned the rights to The Secret World in 2012. Since that time, she has been preparing to bring it to the TV screen with the close cooperation of Sam Sarkar. Both have expressed positive sentiments about the setting, with Giddings stating that it facilities fascinating stories with fascinating characters and Sarkar stating that he loves the conspiratorial nature of the setting even if he is not a believer in conspiracy theories. Regardless, since Sarkar is the Director of Development of Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, it should come as no surprise to learn that both Johnny Depp and his sister Christi Dembrowski have become attached to the project as producers.
For the time being, not much has been revealed, seeing as how The Secret World is still in the earlier stages of development. However, it is known that its show-runner will be Pam Veasey of CSI: NY fame, which should come as welcome news to people who are interested in the concept of the TV show. Meanwhile, the script will be written by the father-and-son team of James V. Hart and Jake Hart, who have been involved in a number of fantasy properties over the course of their careers.
Why Is The Secret World a Good Choice for the TV Screen?
There are a number of reasons that The Secret World has the potential to make for excellent watching. For example, the three secret societies of the Templars, the Illuminati, and the Dragon will make for natural tensions between the eventual cast characters, but at the same time, the sheer scale of their foe means that their willingness to team up will become understandable in spite of those tensions.
Furthermore, The Secret World encompasses a wide range of antagonists that draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, with examples ranging from a zombie siege on a fictional island in the state of Maine to the transformation of the historical proto-monotheist Akhenaten into something that was once a man but has since been corrupted into the Black Pharaoh by supernatural entities. For those who are unfamiliar with the title, the Black Pharaoh is a clear reference to H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep, an inhuman god who serves as a messenger to other inhuman gods.
Finally, the sheer range of threats in The Secret World would make it a perfect fit for an episodic structure, which would not just be convenient for letting interested individuals catch up with the narrative at any time but also permit a more extensive exploration of what can be found within the setting.