Critical Role, the popular Dungeons & Dragons webseries, is partnering with Amazon Prime Video to create an animated series based on the events of its second campaign. The news was announced on Thursday during a live stream on the show’s Twitch channel.
The new series will be set in the world of Exandria and will follow the story of the Mighty Nein, a group of adventurers who rose to fame during the second campaign. The series will be animated by Titmouse, the studio behind shows like Big Mouth and Venture Bros.
“We’re extremely excited to be working with Amazon Prime Video on this project,” said Matthew Mercer, the show’s dungeon master, in a statement. “We cannot wait to share this adventure with all of you. Get ready to roll.”
This is not the first time Critical Role has been adapted for an animated series. In 2019, an anime-style series based on the events of the first campaign premiered on Crunchyroll. That series, which is currently in its second season, has been met with positive reviews.
It’s not yet clear when the new series will premiere, but with production now underway, it’s likely that fans won’t have to wait too long. Critical Role, the smash-hit web series in which a group of professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons, is getting its own Amazon Prime Video animated series. The series, which will adapt Critical Role’s second campaign, will be produced by nerd icon Felicia Day’s production company, Geek & Sundry.
This is huge news for both Critical Role and Dungeons & Dragons. Critical Role has only been around since 2015, but the series has quickly become a phenomenon, with a passionate and dedicated fanbase. And Dungeons & Dragons, of course, is the granddaddy of all role-playing games, with a 40-year history.
The news was announced today at Comic-Con@Home, the virtual version of the annual pop culture convention. Day, who is a producer on the series, made the announcement along with cast members Sam Riegel, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashly Burch, Marisha Ray, and Liam O’Brien.
The series will be written by Critical Role cast member and head writer Matt Mercer. Mercer will also executive produce, along with Day, Brock Say hello, and Jennifer Dwyer.
Critical Role’s second campaign, which is currently ongoing, is set in the world of Wildemount on the continent of Tal’Dorei. The story follows the adventures of a group of young students at the Durmont Lucin Academy for Gifted Youths.
The series does not have a release date yet, but Amazon has said it will premiere on Prime Video in 2021. What do you think of the news? Are you excited for the new Amazon Prime Video series? Will you be watching? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Source: comicbook.com Amazon Studios and Heavy Metal are teaming up for an animated adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons campaign Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, it was announced today. The streaming service has ordered two seasons of the series, with the first 10-episode season set to premiere in Fall 2020.
Critical Role is a weekly web series in which a group of professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. The show’s first campaign, in which the players controlled a group of adventurers known as Vox Machina, wrapped up last year after 115 episodes. The second campaign, which introduces a new set of characters, is currently underway.
The adaptation will be produced by Sam Riegel and Ashley Johnson, two of the voice actors who play in the campaign, along with series creator Matthew Mercer. Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
“I’m so thrilled to be working with Amazon and Heavy Metal on adapting Critical Role into an animated series,” Mercer said in a statement. “Having spent over a decade in the animated world myself, it’s a dream come true to see the adventures of Vox Machina translated to animation and I can’t wait to share this with Critters everywhere.”
“The enthusiastic community that has supported Critical Role from the beginning will now have the joy of watching the animated version of their favorite story unfold,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We can’t wait to bring Matt’s vision to life and to see the series grow even more in popularity with a whole new generation of fans.”
“We are so excited to partner with Amazon and Critical Role on this project,” said Heavy Metal CEO Eric Christensen. “This is a passion project for all of us, and we know that the fans will love it.”