Pete Hines, the vice president of Bethesda, has tossed out any rumors of an Elder Scrolls movie coming to theaters in the future, saying that Bethesda wants the developers, not filmmakers, to show what The Elder Scrolls series actually is. This even extends to, for now, Peter Jackson.
The Elder Scrolls is one of the more successful fantasy series, alongside other games like Warcraft and whatnot. As a series with a great deal of lore and a lot of adventuring, and now an MMO, a great deal of emphasis is placed on player-made decisions in the games, especially in Skyrim, where you made a number of choices that could shape the future of all of Skyrim.
Another reason why we’ll likely not see an Elder Scrolls movie any time soon is likely due to the lackluster reception of a number of recent video game movies, such as Ratchet and Clank and the Warcraft movie, both of which were savaged by critics despite making a great deal of money. Time will also only tell if the Assassin’s Creed movie, which will be coming out in December on 2016, is good as well.
Of course, The Elder Scrolls also doesn’t have to be a movie. The games could also be made into a number of episodic series a la Game of Thrones, and could even cover parts of Elder Scrolls history that haven’t been covered in the main games, whether through a more unified narrative of The Elder Scrolls Online, or an epic fantasy series in Oblivion.
Whether or not an Elder Scrolls movie is going to be coming in the future, hopefully we’ll be getting a new game some years after the Skyrim Special Edition comes out. If there is a movie coming out around then, hopefully it’ll be at least decent.