Whilst Battlefield isn’t exactly known for its reams of story potential, it looks as if the popular shooter series is coming to TV. As announced in a press release, company Anonymous Content and Paramount TV have recently acquired the rights to a television series based on the video game franchise.
Anonymous Content – who were behind acclaimed TV series True Detective and the surreal Mr. Robot – will be driving the project, with the support of partner Paramount TV and publisher Electronic Arts.
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” said Paramount TV President Amy Powell, “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.”
Michael Sugar – known for his work on Spotlight and medical drama The Knick – is signed on as one of the show’s executive producers.
“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” said 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 15 years.”
An estimated release date for the television series was not divulged, nor were any details surrounding a potential setting. Given the games’ relatively diverse settings in terms of era, potential settings for the television show could overlook the gritty encounters of historic wars, or look to the heftier tech of wars yet to come. We’ll just have to wait and see.
The newest game in EA’s Battlefield series is Battlefield 1; set in the grit, mud and gore of the World War One. It’s set for release on October 21 2016 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.