10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Battlefield' Video Game Being Adapted for TV
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are heading for the battlefield.
The two entities are teaming to bring Electronic Arts' popular video game franchise Battlefield to the small screen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The two companies have optioned the rights to the game from DICE and EA, with Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta set to executive produce.
The Battlefield series is a multiplayer game that features wars across land, sea and air. The franchise has amassed more than 60 million players worldwide since debuting in 2002, and boasts highly engaged audiences across its multiple titles. Since its launch, the franchise has featured 11 games and 12 expansion packs. The new Battlefield debuts in October.
The deal expands Paramount TV's relationship with Anonymous Content, which has a first-look pact with the studio. A network for Battlefield is not yet attached, though Anonymous Content's deal is for broadcast, premium cable, cable and streaming. It marks both companies first foray into programming based on a video game franchise.
"Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell said Monday in a 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."
Said Anonymous Content partner Sugar: “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.”
The news comes a month after another video game adaptation, Warcraft, bombed at the box office.
UTA negotiated the deal.