Variety and Deadline are reporting that Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the video game property Battlefield with the intention of developing it into a television series.
Since 2002, the video game franchise from from Electronic Arts’ studio EA DICE has amassed over 60m players worldwide across eleven different games. Battlefield is the latest project and first foray into content based on a video game franchise for Anonymous Content and Paramount TV, which have a first-look scripted programming deal for broadcast, premium cable, cable and online.
Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar said:
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 fifteen years.
Paramount TV President Amy Powell said:
Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming. 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.
Of video game franchises to tackle, war games could be the easier to adapt in terms of characters and story to build on, it’s just a question now of where Paramount TV and Anonymous Content will try and sell it to in order to be broadcast, be it a cable network or a streaming service. It will be interesting to hear how this development is progressing towards the end of the year.