Horizon Zero Dawn Netflix series to be directed by Umbrella Academy creator Steve Blackman

Horizon Zero Dawn Netflix series to be directed by Umbrella Academy creator Steve Blackman

Horizon Zero Dawn Netflix series to be directed by Umbrella Academy creator Steve Blackman

The Horizon Zero Dawn TV adaptation is in the works, as we already know, and now we know who made it: Umbrella Academy creator Steve Blackman. In an interview with Netflix Tudum, the filmmaker confirmed that he will be adapting the critically acclaimed PlayStation game into a series. Michelle Lovretta (Killjoys) is teaming up with him on the script and is expected to focus on Aloy as the main character. The Horizon Zero Dawn series joins the ever-growing list of PlayStation titles destined for screen adaptation, including The Last of Us and God of War.

Set in a post-apocalyptic United States overrun by hostile machines, Horizon Zero Dawn follows young hunter Aloy as she sets out to uncover her past. Developed by Guerrilla Games, Zero Dawn and its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, chronicle his journey from being treated as an outcast in his tribe to becoming a hero who saves humanity from a catastrophic threat to the coming. Players can unleash devastating attacks on enemies, as they ride machines and battle rival tribes for control, while exploring the open world teeming with resources and wild animals.

The game received positive reception from fans and critics, but suffered commercially, as its launch was lined up a week before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released. Horizon Zero Dawn originally released on PS4 before being ported to PC in August 2020. Blackman intends to recreate the same story for the general public. “My writing partner on this, Michelle Lovretta, and I are thrilled to be able to expand this remarkable IP into a series for all types of viewers,” he said in a prepared statement to Netflix.

News regarding the Horizon Zero Dawn Netflix series comes after Blackman announced the fourth and final season of The Umbrella Academy. Season 4 will serve as a “proper end” to the Hargreeves siblings’ journey, as they enter a new timeline where their powers no longer work. Blackman will produce the final season, before embarking on his newly extended creative partnership with Netflix. The deal describes him as spearheading the aforementioned Horizon Zero Dawn show and an original sci-fi piece called Orbital (not to be confused with the Gadgets 360 podcast of the same name).

“From a character and world-building perspective, there’s a clear guideline: I gravitate to characters that are grounded and relatable but exist on the fringes. Outliers who struggle to find their place in a world of conformity and structure,” he said of his interest in exploring Aloy’s story. “Horizon Zero Dawn is an exceptionally well-crafted game with wonderful characters not often seen in the game’s base world. Guerrilla Games has created an incredibly lush, vivid world of men and machines who find themselves on a collision course towards oblivion.

As for Orbital, Blackman is collaborating with David and Keith Lynch – not to be confused with filmmaker David Lynch – to create a series about the space station, with a good deal of dark humor, desperate characters and “action sequences savages”. More information will be revealed in the future, but for now Blackman has confirmed that Orbital will not feature any aliens.

Earlier this week, reports leaked of a live-action movie based on Days Gone and Gravity Rush. Both films are in the early stages of development.

On HBO, we got the first teaser for The Last of Us TV series, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, as well as the first look at Nick Offerman’s Bill.

Currently, there is no set release window for the Horizon Zero Dawn Netflix series.


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