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Critical Role Mighty Nein Show Greenlit on Amazon Under TV, Film Deal

Amazon has made a mighty embrace of the Critical Role cinematic universe.

Amazon Studios announced a multi-year exclusive overall TV and first-run film deal with Critical Role, the media company and D&D role-playing group behind Prime Video’s popular adult animated series “The Legend of Vox Machina.”

The first new series to be produced under the deal is “Mighty Nein”, based on Critical Role’s second campaign, which ran from January 2018 to mid-2021. The Mighty Nein adventure party – a band of criminals and misfits – are the only ones who can stop the kingdom from plunging into chaos when a mysterious artifact capable of reshaping reality falls into the wrong hands. “Mighty Nein” will soon begin production in collaboration with animation studio Titmouse, which has teamed up 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 its first D&D campaign, which the group live-streamed from 2015-17. Season 1 premiered in January 2022 on Prime Video (and still has a 100% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes), and season two 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 deal 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 inside and outside the 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 its universe with ‘Mighty Nein,'” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios. “Expanding these iconic franchises for our global Prime Video customers continues to be an ambitious and rewarding journey, and we’re eager 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 lit the flame for our worldwide 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 buzzing with excitement to do it again with ‘Mighty Nein.”But with today’s announcement, we’re confident that the stories we tell will continue to expand into entertainment realms beyond what we can possibly imagine.”

The upcoming “Mighty Nein” series 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 entered a critical role in 2019, securing a two-season order for “Vox Machina” following CR’s record-breaking Kickstarter campaign for their first animated project.

Critical Role started in 2012 as a private D&D game night among a group of friends in LA who are all voice actors. Since then, Critical Role – whose avid fans are affectionately known as “Critters” – has expanded into multiple industries. In addition to “The Legend of Vox Machina” on Prime Video, it has included comics, graphic novels, New York Times bestseller fiction and nonfiction, collectibles, board and role-playing games, podcasts and live events.

Watch Amazon’s promotional video for the “Mighty Nein” series:

(embed)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUZv9PdfpzE(/embed)

Pictured above (l. to .r): Critical Role Founders Liam O’Brien, Taliesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Sam Riegel, Matthew Mercer, Ashley Johnson

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