Unsurprisingly, Bethesda is approached all the time with offers to make an Elder Scrolls movie, but it seems the company has no interest in such a move.
Of course, there is one way Bethesda would consider bringing Tamriel to the big screen, and that’s if Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson was involved in the project.
Bethesda Marketing executive Pete Hines revealed in an interview with Finder.com.au that the company is afraid the majority of directors and producers just wouldn’t do the Elder Scrolls franchise justice.
Are we going to let some other person do their own interpretation of what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls is, or Dishonored is? Or are we going to hold onto it and let the developers be the only ones that are able to say, ‘This is what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls, or Wolfenstein, or whatever?’ So we want our developers to decide what our franchises are about and not a movie director, or producer, or studio.
But if Jackson himself ever came a-calling with a pitch for an Elder Scrolls movie, Hines said that that would be a ‘pretty serious conversation that you would have to listen to’.
However, Hines is also concerned that any studio Bethesda partnered with would wrest away creative control on the very franchise it built.
I don’t know anybody who actually has total control over the film adaptation of their video game. If you did, why would you not just make it yourself? Of course the film studio and the scriptwriter and the director are going to have a ton of say. They will have their own vision. So we get asked all the time, but we see it as a distraction. We’re a video games company; let’s do what we know.
So for now Bethesda will continue doing what it does best. Personally, I’d much sooner see a movie based on Fallout 3 directed by George Miller, but I’m a dreamer.
Still, if an Elder Scrolls movie were to be made, is there a specific game you’d like to see adapted?
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.