EA Games' popular video game Battlefield is getting turned into a television show, Variety reports. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are teaming up to bring the game series into the realm of live action TV. The executive producers for the series will be Michael Sugar (Spotlight, Rendition) and Ashley Zalta (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows).
Battlefield is a first-person shooter game. The first game, Battlefield 1942, was released in 2002. This game was set during World War II and featured several different locations, including the Pacific, North Africa, Italy and Europe. The game was successful enough that Battlefield became a series of 11 games and gained 60 million players worldwide. The games can be played on multiple platforms including Windows, the Playstation and the X-box.
EA Games vice preseident Patrick Söderlund stated "'Battlefield' is one of the most loved properties among our players. We are thrilled that Anonymous Content and Paramount TV will look to introduce fans to Battlefield through a new medium. Paramount TV's president Amy Powell praised the game and its loyal fanbase and credited Micheal Sugar with being the one to bring the company the project. Sugar himself said "'Battlefield' has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation" and went on to add "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."
Battlefield television adaptations have been attempted before. In 2002, Fox wanted to make a comedic series based on one of the games, Battlefield: Bad Company. The project was unsucessful. Hopefully this Battlefield adaptation will actually make it to air. What do you think? Are you excited for a live-action Battlefield show?
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