Rumors began circulating several weeks ago that Netflix will be adapting Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo franchise into a TV series. According to reports, Andrew Cosby, screenplay writer for the new Hellboy remake has been tapped as the series showrunner. Cosby has an extensive resume with comic books, (he’s been writing them for nearly 15 years) and he co-founded BOOM! Studios. He’s not a stranger when it comes to screen writing either, having worked on Eureka and Haunted.
Thanks to a now deleted Tweet sent out by Cosby, we know that the rumors were accurate.
I guess I can confirm I am indeed in final talks to write and show-run the new DIABLO animated series for Activision and Netflix. It’s very exciting and I hope to the High Heavens it all works out.
— Andy Cosby (@andycosby) September 20, 2018
Cosby has since deleted the Tweet, but not before a number of fans saw the exciting news and spread the word. It’s likely he wasn’t supposed to break the news just yet and Netflix/Blizzard more than likely asked him to remove the Tweet. With BlizzCon on the horizon it’s almost a guarantee that Blizzard would want to announce the new series at their own incredibly popular convention, that celebrates the six game franchises the company created, including Diablo.
With the success of Konami bringing Castlevania to Netflix, it’s not surprising that Blizzard and other video game studios may be looking to join in. Castlevania was a huge hit with fans, so much so that it was renewed on the day of its release for an expanded eight episode second season and according to lead voice actor Richard Armitage, a third season has already been greenlit by Netflix.
The Diablo franchise has had a lot of different projects in the works over the last several months. In June of this year Blizzard confirmed a new unannounced project, asking for a skilled Dungeon Artist to help them create something exceptional. In July Blizzard announced a new Diablo four issue comic book mini-series being created in partnership with Titan Comics. And then last month in August Blizzard released a video assuring fans that the franchise is far from dead and that multiple Diablo projects are in the works.
There’s no official word from Netflix or Blizzard on the series at this time, but if I was a betting man I’d put my money on an announcement at BlizzCon.