Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind, the production company working on the forthcoming The Witcher TV show, and the incredibly excellent sci-fi drama The Expanse, have announced that they are bringing Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV to television.
It’s going to be a live action series, presumably with an awful lot of CGI, and will be set in Eorzea, the location of Final Fantasy XIV. Here’s some blurb from the press release;
Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth instalment, the project will embrace the bold and genre-bending sensibilities of the revered and long-running FINAL FANTASY series as it explores the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict. Filled with iconic hallmarks of the title’s revered mythology – magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos – the forthcoming series will feature a mixture of new and familiar faces. Those will, notably, include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every instalment of the franchise to date.
“Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” said Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell. “This show is about embracing and embodying all of the elements that have made the mythos such an endlessly captivating phenomenon, and it’s an immense honor to be bringing all of Eorzea’s iconic characters, settings, and concepts – including fan-favorites like Cid and, of course, the chocobos – to life for a television audience.”
Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have been commissioned to write for the series and will also serve as Executive Producers, they have previously worked on Winter’s Knight and The Wells Initiative, both of which I’ve never heard of.
Adapting Final Fantasy for television is an ambitious project, but as TV shows now have huge budgets and can do wonders with CGI they could make a good job of bringing Final Fantasy to life, what do you think?
The Witcher, Alan Wake, Halo, Vampyr, Street Fighter, Hitman, Resident Evil, and Mirror’s Edge have all had television series announced although we’ve not heard much about some of those since they were revealed.