Electronic Arts and DICE have announced a new partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, to adapt the Battlefield franchise of wartime first-person shooters to the small screen.
There are no setting details yet, as the TV rights have only just been optioned. The Battlefield games have covered everything from modern day urban warfare narratives (and all their uncomfortable contemporary resonance) all the way back to World War II. Its next entry, Battlefield 1, reaches back even further to the first Great War. So the production heads have a wide range of possible subject matter at their disposal.
Michael Sugar, who won an Academy Award for Best Producer this past March for his 2015 film Spotlight, is joined by industry veteran Ashley Zalta as the show’s executive producers. Their production company, Anonymous Content, has turned up behind a number of critically acclaimed films, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Babel, the aforementioned Spotlight, and last year’s Leonardo DiCaprio-versus-a-bear vehicle The Revenant.
Meanwhile, Paramount is… well, Paramount. As part of the Viacom media family, Paramount’s range for television distribution is far-reaching. So if nothing else, you can say that DICE’s shooter series is in capable hands.
“Michael [Sugar]’s track record speaks for itself,” says Patrick O’Brien, vice president of EA Entertainment, in conjunction with the announcement. “Combined with his passion for Battlefield, we cannot imagine a better team than Anonymous Content and Paramount for this project.”
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to comeplling programming,” says Paramount TV president Amy Powell. “EA’s Battlefield has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fanbase, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen.”
Battlefield‘s built-in fanbase is, in fact, mentioned no less than four times in the span of the press release, while time setting, characters, et cetera are mentioned exactly never. But that’s to be expected: a press statement like this is more for investors, who want to hear that a production venture is sure to be successful, rather than for audiences. We’re sure to hear more actual details about the TV adaptation as it moves closer to production.
(That is, if it moves into production. Many more stories are optioned than ever make it onto the screen, so while it’s a good sign that a Battlefield TV show already has a couple names attached, it’s worth some cautious skepticism.)
Battlefield 1, meanwhile, is still on target to arrive on consoles and PC this October.