An “Elder Scrolls” Movie? Get Peter Jackson

While Ubisoft and EA are making big leaps into the world of film production, games studio Bethesda isn’t quite so ready for more cinematic takes on its famed game titles like “Quake,” “Doom,” “Fallout,” “Dishonored” and of course the “Elder Scrolls” franchise entries like “Skyrim” and “Oblivion.

Speaking to Finder at QuakeCon recently, Bethesda VP of Marketing Pete Hines was asked about the chances of film versions of Bethesda game properties. His answer:

“This conversation usually falls into the camp of; are we going to let some other person do their own interpretation of what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls is, or Dishonored is? Or are we going to hold onto it and let the developers be the only ones that are able to say, ‘this is what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls, or Wolfenstein, or whatever?’ So we want our developers to decide what our franchises are about and not a movie director, or producer or studio.”

But would he make an exception if a major director were to express such interest? Turns out that stance might soften for one man:

“I think if Peter Jackson turned up at Todd Howard’s office and said, ‘I want to do Elder Scrolls,’ well that would be a pretty serious conversation you would have to listen to.”

Bethesda’s big game release for the rest of the year is the much anticipated “Dishonored” sequel which hits stores in November.