Although Apple showed off a number of big productions when it debuted its Apple TV+ service earlier this year, what the company highlighted was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the content deals we’ve been hearing about over the past two years. Not only are there at least two dozen other projects that are in various stages of production, but a few have finished filming and were almost ready to roll even back in March.
Among these is a gaming development themed series that we heard about last summer, being produced by the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, backed by game developer Ubisoft, and expected to star Rob McElhenney of Always Sunny fame.
Not much else was known about the series at the time, however it looks like Ubisoft has finally taken the wraps off it and given it a title. While most of the announcements to come out of the E3 gaming conference are, not surprisingly, related to gaming, during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, McElhenney took the stage to announce the new comedy, which will be called Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. The show is expected to be a “mockumentary” that parodies the world of game development, following the team behind “the biggest massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) of all time” as they prepare for their first major expansion.
McElhenney, who created the show in partnership with Always Sunny alum Charlie Day and The Onion editor and comedy writer Megan Ganz, will also star in the lead role as a super-egotistical “visionary” creative director named Ian Grimm.
During the press conference, Ubisoft also teased the new series with a trailer that provides a good insight into what the tone of the series will be like; it unsurprisingly fits McElhenney’s style, and will likely be well-received by fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in that regard, but the trailer also suggests that it shares a lot of common with The Office as well.
The show is the first live-action project by Ubisoft Film and Television, and there aren’t a lot of details beyond the trailer; we don’t know exactly when it’s expected to launch, or how many episodes or seasons Apple and the producers have signed on for. McElhenney and Day will both star in the show and serve as executive producers and writers, marking their first writing collaboration since Always Sunny, which is now going into its fourteenth season.
Mythic Quest joins a pretty epic list of shows that Apple has already announced, including the Spielberg-backed Amazing Stories reboot, the Morning Show drama series that will star Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, the See post-apocalyptic thriller written by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, and two upcoming Oprah documentaries. In addition, there’s a fairly impressive list of other projects that Apple hasn’t even talked about yet, including an incredibly ambitious adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation that we’re seriously looking forward to, along with a TV adaptation of the novel Shantaram, a comedy series starring Kristin Wiig, and a CIA drama that will feature Brie Larson of Captain Marvel fame.