The bestselling video game franchise Battlefield is set to be adapted into a television series.
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the EA Dice and Electronic Arts video game property, which has become a huge bestseller since its first release in 2002.
Producer Michael Sugar, who earned an Oscar for Spotlight and whose TV credits includes Cinemax series The Knick, is poised to executive produce the series alongside Ashley Zalta.
“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” Sugar said in a statement.
“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.”
Fox previously tried to tackle Battlefield as a television project back in 2012. The plan was to take Battlefield: Bad Company to the small screen, but that project eventually fell apart.
This marks the first project based on a video game for both Paramount TV and Anonymous, which have teamed up in a first-look scripted programming deal across major mediums, including broadcast and online.
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” Paramount TV President Amy Powell added in her statement.
“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.”
Here’s the great-looking trailer for Battlefield 1, set for worldwide release on October 21.