The French animation specialist is joining forces with the Bobbypills studio to produce the animated adaptation of the cult roguelike.
While video game adaptations are beginning to make a place for themselves on the audiovisual market, here comes a new competitor in this furious race. ADN, a French platform now recognized as an expert in animation of all kinds, unveils a local production that promises to be talked about. the excellent Dead Cells now considered one of the best independent roguelike and metroidvania offers an unexpected adaptation.
The title produced by the French studio Motion Twin now passes under the pencils of animators from France, and not just anyone. After having marked the spectators with trashy and crazy series like Peepoodo And Captain Laserhawk, the Bobbypills studio is now tackling this major new project. The program already promises a comedic and quirky approach to the original game relying on the directorial talents of Gaspard Sumeire, behind the series The Kasos.
A hero running away from his responsibilities
In the original work, the player takes on the role of a decapitated body possessed by a parasite seeking revenge against an evil king. Wishing to save his people from disease with the help of an experimental cure, the man of power turned his subjects into vile monsters. Decided to forge an army of his creatures, the situation ended up degenerating, pushing the regent to organize a genocide.
This is where our protagonist comes in, supposed to put an end to these actions. Only, comic reinterpretation obliges, the scenario of the series will not unfold as planned. According to the synopsis shared by ADN, the hero has nothing to do with this catastrophic situation:
“A prophecy reveals the rise of an immortal hero with a fiery head, who will bring peace by slaying the Demon King, responsible for this chaos. In truth, finding the cure for Ill-Being – he doesn’t care. Bring back peace? Above all, he wants us to fuck him!“
The heritage of Bobbypills will be at the heart of this new version already described as a production at “incisive humor supported by a crazy story, an action animation with a naive line and a few secret ingredients, all shaken up in a shaker to make 15-35 year olds dream.”
Like the studio’s other series, Dead Cells will be offered in a (very) short format. Count only 10 episodes lasting 7 minutes. If this funny choice is enough to bring down the breath of the hype, the final result could well surprise us despite everything. For a game where gameplay trumps story, 70 minutes of content might just be enough to deliver a series full of good jokes and goodwill.
For the time being, ADN and Bobbypills give us an appointment in 2024, on a date which will be communicated “very soon”. This adaptation will initially be reserved for the French market and will then attack the international market with an as yet unknown broadcaster. To be continued…