Based on the epic adventure gamebooks by Joe Dever, Lone Wolf’ is getting adapted as live-action interactive series. U.K.’s ChorMedia is developing the series with Ben Devere and Holmgard Limited.
The series follows the adventures of Lone Wolf, the last surviving member of his caste of warrior monks known as Kai Lords of Sommerlund, after his Order was wiped out by the Darklords of Helgedad. Traversing the world of Magnamund, Lone Wolf must battle the forces of evil on his quest to rebuild the ancient Kai Order.
The gamebook series spans 32 books created by Joe Dever and initially illustrated (books 1-8) by Gary Chalk. The series was first published in July 1984 and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Also it has been translated into 18 languages. The series won Gamebook of the Year in 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Gamebooks are works of printed fiction that allow the reader to participate in the story by making choices. They are also known as ‘choose your own adventure’ books. The format is ideally suited for interactive series adaptation.
ChorMedia is actively developing the series for the streaming market with interactive features to keep the series true to its original format. The live-action series is currently in active development.
Neil Chordia will produce this series for ChorMedia and Joe Dever’s son Ben Devere for Holmgard.
Ben Devere has recently shown interest in Netflix Interactive films like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and is very impressed with the technology. Does that mean this series is heading towards Netflix? I guess, we have to wait and watch.
Dever developed the world of Magnamund from 1975 to 1983 as a setting for his Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, he also wrote The Magnamund Companion, in which all countries of the Lone Wolf world are described in some detail.
Dever died before he could conclude the series but left behind extensive notes with his son Ben and collaborator Vincent Lazzari. “Dead in the Deep,” the first posthumous Lone Wolf gamebook, was published in 2019 and the final two books are in the works.
Earlier, three scripts were developed for a potential Lone Wolf film release but they did not proceed beyond the pre-production phase. However, in July 2009, a small company, called Convergence Entertainment, who produced the King of Fighters movie, announced that it had bought the rights to make a live-action film based on Lone Wolf but this effort also did not succeed.
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