After showing up as a Nintendo Switch port earlier this year, Cuphead IP is now expanding its horizons. Netflix revealed an animated adaptation is also in the works called “The Cuphead Show.” Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) will serve as co-executive producers. The game’s creators, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, will serve as co-executive producers. Cuphead studio MDHR, confirmed it via a tweet earlier today.
Netflix has prior experience of adapting videogames to shows; Castlevania is a stellar example. The Witcher is in development at Netflix and according to rumors, a Resident Evil TV show is in the pipeline.
If Love, Death, Robots is anything to go by, Cuphead will be a success too. More details about The Cuphead Show are coming soon.
The character-driven comedy follows the unique misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. Through their many misadventures across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles, they’ve always got one another’s backs.
Netflix talks about how the Cuphead brand has done superbly well with its licensed merchandise. This includes partnerships with Funko, McFarlane Toys, Dark Horse Comics. Apart from that, it has had retail partnerships with Target, Walmart, and others.
No premiere date for The Cuphead Show! has been set by Netflix, but the program already has a landing page on the Netflix web app.
During the development of the original game, the creators had to remortgage their houses but that paid off in 2017 when it became a breakthrough success. The game’s story follows two brothers; Cuphead and Mugman who have sold their souls to the devil. As with all such deals, now they have to pay for it by collecting souls. These souls happen to be of extremely difficult bosses. The aesthetic of the game is 1930’s cartoons. This contrast makes it all the more disturbing. It belongs to the Platform shooter genre. The frustration of the difficulty has been compared to that of Dark Souls but the comedy adaption on Netflix should ease the pain with a more relaxed presentation to viewers. They certainly won’t have to go throw the agony of facing the likes of Captain Brineybeard or Cala Maria; just sit back and enjoy the show.
In other news Cuphead news, downloadable content for Cuphead is still in active development. The final DLC, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course has been delayed to 2020, the developers announced. Considering how much time it took to develop Cuphead, Cuphead 2 release date seems to be far away.