Hollywood has been struggling for decades to adapt popular video games for the big screen, and although there are some promising projects in the works, fans are still waiting for that one film to “crack the code” and finally bridge the gap between the two entertainment mediums. But Paramount TV is taking a slightly different approach, teaming up with Anonymous Content to turn EA’s best-selling Battelfield franchise into a television series.
An award-winning series that features massive multiplayer skirmishes, Battlefield is one of the most successful titles in the EA arsenal, and Paramount TV President Amy Powell seems to think it’s a perfect candidate for the long-form storytelling offered by television:
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming. EA’s ‘Battlefield’ has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fan base, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen. We look forward to working with EA and Anonymous Content and thank Michael Sugar for his tenacity in bringing us this exciting project.”
Anonymous Content is best known for their work on True Detective and Mr. Robot, and this will be their first foray into the video game world. Sugar – who will serve as executive producer – is certainly excited to get the ball rolling:
“’Battlefield’ has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation. Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the Battlefield TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years.”
Truth be told, I feel like this is a much better idea than trying to do this sort of property as a standalone film. I’m picturing something along the lines of Band of Brothers, albeit with plenty of the huge combat scenarios that have become the game’s hallmark. No word yet on what network the production team might be eyeing, but I would have to imagine it would need to exist on something like HBO or Netflix in order for it to be done properly.
As always, we’ll keep you posted on the latest developments, right here at GeekNation.com
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