The hit video game Cuphead is getting the small screen treatment, as it's now being adapted as an animated series for Netflix. C.J. Kettler (Carmen Sandiego) of King Features is executive producing, along with Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR. Emmy and Annie award winner Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) is also executive producing, and Cosmo Segurson will serve as co-executive producer. Titled The Cuphead Show, the project will be produced by Netflix Animation. It will present the same interesting art style featured in Cuphead as well, which consisted of hand-drawn animations inspired by Disney-style 1930s cartoons.
The Cuphead Show will be set in the same universe as the game, further expanding upon its world and characters. It follows two cup brothers, Cuphead and Mugman, who enter the Devil's Casino and achieve an impressive winning streak while playing craps. Feeling confident, they make a deal with the Devil to receive all of the money in the casino if they win the next roll; if they lose, the Devil gets their souls. Of course, Cuphead loses, and the two cups are left to beg for mercy. In exchange for keeping their souls, the two cups are tasked with seeking out the "soul contracts" of the Devil's runaway debtors, which they collect throughout the course of the game.
Cuphead was developed and published by Studio MDHR, first releasing in 2017 on Windows and Xbox One. It was later adapted for macOS and Nintendo Switch after receiving immense critical acclaim from critics and gamers alike. To date, it has sold over 4 million copies across the world. The hit game has won several prestigious awards and honors as well, including the best independent game award at the 2017 Game Awards, a BAFTA Games award for its music, and Best Xbox One Game in Destructoid's Game of the Year Awards. EGMNow also ranked the game at #2 on their 25 Best Games of 2017 list, losing out only to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Gamers can look forward to other video game based properties coming to Netflix as well. Henry Cavill is set to star in the small screen adaptation of The Witcher, and the sneak peek photos recently released for the series look amazing. Previously, the streaming service also found great success by adapting Castlevania as an animated series, which has consisted of two seasons so far. Elsewhere, other TV shows based on video games are also in the works. This includes a Halo series at Showtime, a TV series based on Ubisoft's Cross & Bones, and a planned movie and TV show universe inspired by Myst. Several movies based on video games are coming up as well, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Uncharted, and Monster Hunter.
There's no word yet on when we can expect The Cuphead Show to premiere on Netflix. Given the popularity of the game, however, chances are there will be a lot of subscribers tuning in. Hopefully we'll find out more details on the series in the near future. This information comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.