Battlefield, one of the biggest First Person Shooter (FPS) franchises to ever grace the console and PC market, will soon be heading to a television set near you.
Paramount Television, a division of Paramount Pictures and producers of NCIS; Love, Inc., and The 4400, are teaming up with Anonymous Content (Triple 9, The Fifth Estate) to bring Electronic Arts’ (EA) Battlefield franchise to the small screen.
Michael Sugar, producer for Anonymous Content, and Amy Powell, President of Paramount Television, made the announcement last week. They iterated their excitement to be working with a franchise that has such a long-running and hardcore fanbase, citing how the fans have made the Battlefield Intellectual Property (IP) a highly coveted license that is ideal for long-form adaptation.
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming”, said 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”.
There is no word on the time period the show will be set in, what characters audiences will see, or whether the adaptation will directly follow one of the stories in any of the Battlefield games. However, it is safe to assume that it will be a fresh story with new characters and a relatable plot.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a network for the Battlefield TV series has not yet been picked. Anonymous Content, who works mainly on premium cable as well as streaming, will mark Battlefield as the company’s first go at programming based on a video game franchise.
Should the deal go ahead as planned, Battlefield will join with the likes of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and Defiance — both great shows that struggled with ratings due to the niche market they were created for. Forward Unto Dawn went on to receive incredible ratings, but had a hard time keeping its audience, while Defiance has been met with mixed reception throughout its run since it’s debut in 2013. I have high hopes for the Battlefield show, but only time will tell whether it will be any good.
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