Cyber Group Studios, a television & film developer, producer, and distributor for animated children’s media announced today that they have inked a deal with Square Enix to adapt Final Fantasy IX for TV, according to website KidScreen.
The deal allows Cyber Group Studios to take the game’s story and characters and create an animated TV show meant for 8-13 year-olds to distribute internationally. While the company has had their hands in a number of shows, most Americans would probably be mostly familiar with the company’s hands in the recent animated Addams Family movies.
Final Fantasy IX is the final PlayStation 1 mainline Final Fantasy game and was announced alongside Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XI as a throwback title to the series’ roots. Starring Zidane the thief, the game is the most traditionally fairy tale-like of the series with a focus on princesses and knights and existentialist dread and what is essentially just the backstory of both Superman and Goku. Many Final Fantasy fans consider IX to be the best of the series.
There’s no official word on when this series would air, but KidScreen reports they are working with Square Enix to put “the finishing touches” on the source material bible they will use to create the show. The hope seems to be to start production by the end of the year.