Adi Shankar seems to have carved a niche for himself as a producer of animated shows based around video games. He served as producer of Netflix’s Castlevania series, and now he’s planning to turn the battle royale game PUBG into a show too. He announced a partnership with Krafton Inc. to make it happen this morning.
PUBG, pronounced “Pub-Gee” and a shortening of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, is known as the game that kicked off the battle royale craze in video gaming that persists in some form to this day. It wasn’t the first game ever to spit 100 people into an arena and have them peck at each other until just one survives, but it was the first to truly become a sensation. Epic Games was watching, and decided to boost their floundering game Fortnite with a free battle royale mode — and found incredible success, eclipsing PUBG in popularity even though PUBG got there first.
Unlike Castlevania, PUBG doesn’t really have a plot. Its contemporaries like Apex Legends use some kind of narrative, but it’s not a necessary element of battle royale success, as Fortnite doesn’t have much of a story either (honestly, it’s kind of surprising PUBG got a show made out of it before Fortnite did). Shankar’s writing team is just going to have to come up with something. Maybe they can watch The Hunger Games for inspiration…or the original Battle Royale movie from Japan that started all this.
“As a player, I’ve been crushing the competition in the Battlegrounds since PUBG released in 2017,” Shankar said. “I’m grateful to Krafton for the trust and confidence they’ve placed in me to execute my vision as a filmmaker and I’m excited to embark on this journey together. To me, this animated project represents another step in the evolution of mending the torched bridge between the games industry and Hollywood. I look forward to revealing to everybody what winning a chicken dinner looks like.”
There is no word on when the PUBG animated show could show up, or what network / streaming service it is meant to appear on.