Amazon has made a powerful embrace of the critical role cinematic universe.
Amazon Studios announced an exclusive multi-year TV and movie deal with Critical Role, the D&D role-playing group and media company behind Prime Video’s popular adult animated series “The Legend of Vox Machina.”
The first new series to be produced under the agreement is “not powerful”, based on the second campaign of Critical Role, which ran from January 2018 to mid-2021. The adventurous group Mighty Nein, a band of criminals and misfits, are the only ones who can prevent the kingdom from being plunged into the chaos when an arcane artifact capable of reshaping reality falls into the wrong hands. “Mighty Nein” is slated to begin production shortly in association with animation studio Titmouse, which has partnered with Critical Role and Amazon Studios for “Vox Machina.” The series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video, but there is no release date yet.
Critical Role’s first animated series, “The Legend of Vox Machina,” is based on their first D&D campaign, which the group broadcast live from 2015 to 2017. Season 1 premiered in January 2022 on Prime Video (and still has a 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes), and The second season debuted with the first three episodes on January 20.. A third season of “Vox Machina” was officially announced at New York Comic Con and is currently in production.
Under the agreement with Amazon Studios, Critical Role will continue to produce under its production banner, Metapigeon, which will develop its own original TV shows, movies, and content while continuing to “partner with talented creatives on a new slate of projects, both on and off the shelf.” Critical Role universe”, according to the companies.
“With the success of our animated series ‘The Legend of Vox Machina,’ we look forward to continuing our relationship with Critical Role and expanding their universe with ‘Mighty Nein,’” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television for Amazon Studios. “Expanding these iconic franchises for our global Prime Video customers continues to be an ambitious and rewarding journey and we can’t wait to see where this new series takes us.”
Travis Willingham, Co-Founder and CEO of Critical Role, said: “Critical Role’s livestream campaigns are the spark that ignited the flame for our global audience. Seeing the stories and characters from our first campaign come to life in ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ was a dream come true, and we’re absolutely excited to do it again with ‘Mighty Nein’. But with today’s announcement, we are confident that the stories we tell will continue to expand into the realms of entertainment beyond our imagination.”
The upcoming series “Mighty Nein” will be produced by Tasha Huo, Sam Riegel and Willingham along with Metapigeon and Amazon Studios. From Titmouse, Chris Prynoski (“Legend of Vox Machina”), Shannon Prynoski (“Fairfax”), Antonio Canobbio (“Arlo the Alligator Boy”) and Ben Kalina (“Big Mouth”) will also executive produce.
Amazon Studios first paid with Critical Role in 2019, securing a Two-season order for “Vox Machina” after CR’s record-breaking Kickstarter campaign for his first animation project.
Critical Role started in 2012 as a private D&D game night among a group of friends in Los Angeles who are all voice actors. Since then, Critical Role, whose avid fans are affectionately known as “Critters,” has expanded into multiple lines of business. In addition to “The Legend of Vox Machina” on Prime Video, he has included comic books, graphic novels, New York Times Best Sellers, fiction and nonfiction, collectibles, role-playing and board games, podcasts, and events. Live.
Watch Amazon’s announcement video for the “Mighty Nein” series:
Pictured above (left to right): Critical Role founders Liam O’Brien, Taliesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Sam Riegel, Matthew Mercer, Ashley Johnson
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