Paramount and EA Adapting ‘Battlefield’ Game Franchise for TV
Video game movies are hard enough to get right, that the concept of adapting games for TV rarely comes up, but will Battlefield break the mold? Paramount TV and Electronic Arts aim to find out, teaming to bring the first-person shooter franchise off the small-screen and onto the … well, the same screen, but you’ll still have to find the right input.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the two companies have optioned rights to the DICE and EA game, which in 14 years since the original launch has taken players to battlefields in land, sea and air across multiple time periods. Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will executive produce the as-yet-unattached venture, which coincides with the release of a new Battlefield game this coming October.
Says EA of the adaptation potential:
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 15 years.
There have been 11 distinct Battlefield games (and more expansion packs) since 2002, but might TV find a more specific story to spin off the console? Watch the upcoming game trailer below.