‘The Werewolves of Thiercelieux’: what kind of board game is Netflix going to film?
Last Friday, Netflix officially announced an adaptation of the cult game The Werewolves of Thiercelieux.
It’s official, the werewolf game is getting its Netflix adaptation! Last Friday, Netflix announced via a Twitter post that a second adaptation of the famous game was in development. In 2021, the board game was filmed for the first time in the USA under the name werewolves inside. The feature film was a failure at the box office and was never released in French cinemas.
Les Loups-garous de Thiercelieux, better known as Le Loup Garou, is an old board game from 2001 developed by two Frenchmen, Hervé Marly and Philippe des Pallières. It is accessible from 10 years. The games last about 30 minutes and are played with about 8 to 20 players. It is an RPG and deduction game. It mainly uses three mechanics: the bluff, the expression, and that famous conclusion.
The rules of the game
Throughout the game, a “master of the game”, who must know the rules perfectly, helps narrate the rules. At the beginning of each game, each player draws a card that he keeps secret. He is then either a villager (some have powers such as the “witch”) or a werewolf.
Every night the village falls asleep, everyone closes their eyes. Then the wolves wake up and designate a villager to “eat”. Upon waking up, a meeting of all participants takes place. The game master then reveals the player who was chosen that night. The latter will be eliminated immediately. The challenge then is to debate to find out who the culprits are. At the end of this session there will be a vote on the naming of the perpetrator. This person reveals their card and is eliminated immediately.
The challenge for the villagers is actually to unmask all the wolves before they eat all the villagers.
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Very quickly, the rules and mechanics of the game seduce a large number. It was such a success that “Les Loups-garous de Thiercelieux” received the As d’or, the award for the best board game of the year, in 2002. Numerous expansions and adaptations of the already cult game quickly emerged.
Today after inspiring books, manga or the tv show traitor On M6 in 2022, it’s the streaming giant’s turn to acquire the rights to the adaptation of the famous board game.
Little information has been released about the project so far, but according to website Scriptoclap, the screenwriters would be François Uzan (co-author of “Family Business” and “Lupin”) and Céleste Balin (Sa, H24, Year Zero). Filming is slated to begin later this year in the Czech Republic.