Superstar artist Joe Madureira created the fantasy comic Battle Chasers in 1998, which then went on to see a bunch of delays and was ultimately left unfinished. However, many years later in 2017, Madureira’s game development studio Airship Syndicate created the RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar, which came to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile. And Madureira is also busy finally creating three final issues of the comic. Yet it somehow doesn’t end there. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that a Battle Chasers live-action TV series is in development at Alcon Television Group (the owner of the Blade Runner IP), with John Wick creator Derek Kolstad attached as writer and executive producer.
As with any television production, there’s an additional dump of names attached as producers and executive producers already. But perhaps most interestingly, THR says Hitman film franchise producer Adrian Askarieh will be an executive producer with his Prime Universe banner, alongside Loni Peristere, Chris Jones, and Samantha Shearr from VFX shop Zoic Pictures. Of course, whether it’s actually a good thing that a Hitman movie guy is involved in a live-action Battle Chasers TV series remains to be seen.
“As a storyteller — as well as a super fan of unapologetic and unrelenting action — I can’t wait for people to feel as giddy as I did when I first laid eyes on Battle Chasers,” said Kolstad about this news. “The world which Joe has created here, coupled with the characters therein, is both unique and yet familiar. Adapting this for the small screen is gonna be a jon.” Even after googling, I don’t know what “gonna be a jon” is supposed to mean. Typo for “job”?
In any case, while a live-action Battle Chasers TV series is the next big project for Joe Madureira, Airship Syndicate just released RPG Ruined King: A League of Legends Story on Switch and other platforms. I didn’t enjoy it, but it exists. Prior to that, it released the pretty cool Diablo-inspired Darksiders Genesis.