While the bar has been set particularly low for game-to-screen adaptations since, well, forever, there was renewed cause for hope among first person shooter fans on Monday.
Paramount Television has announced plans to turn EA’s multi-person shooter Battlefield into a TV series.
The company has optioned the rights to the franchise, with Anonymous Content tapped up to produce the show (via Variety).
The storied franchise has been around for almost a decade and a half, since it arrived on the scene way back in 2002 with Battlefield 1942.
The game has amassed a whipping 60 million players through the course of 11 titles, with the grisly World War 1-based Battlefield 1 set to take the franchise to new heights later this year.
However, given the DICE-made franchise’s propensity to hop between both world wars, while also offering gamers a host of fictional conflicts, there little read on which plot the producers will chose to follow.
The executives may simply be hoping to leveraging the strong IP, but, by the same taken, there’s plenty for Paramount and Anonymous Content to sink their teeth into.
“’Battlefield’ has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” said Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar.
“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.”
Which Battlefield title do you think is particularly suited to a screen adaptation? Can it succeed where so many game adaptations have failed?
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