Fans of the “Final Fantasy” world have a new reason to be excited as Sony Pictures TV and Hivemind have teamed up with Square Enix to create a live-action adaptation of the property. Specifically, the new series will be based on the online iteration’ Final Fantasy XIV.’ This new show is being written by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton (‘Winter’s Knight.’) The two will also be executive producers alongside Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani of Hivemind.
While details are light, we do know that the story will take place in the world of Eorzea. On top of this:
The project will explore 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 include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every installment of the franchise to date.
As ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ has had millions of players from around the world at this point, they have quite a legacy to live up to, so they can deliver a solid tale. With fantasy coming to television in record numbers there is going to be stiff competition as well since we’ll soon be getting a new take on ‘Lord of the Rings’, the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel, HBO’s ‘Asunda‘, ‘The Wheel of Time, and so much more!
According to Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell:
“Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike. 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.”
Hivemind Co-Founder and Co-President Jason Brown also added:
“Television is the ideal medium to capture the extraordinary depth, sophisticated themes, and unparalleled imagination of Final Fantasy and its multitude of unique and fully realized characters. We are working tirelessly to bring together artists from around the world who are united in honoring the extraordinary legacy of this franchise and its millions of fans around the world.”
I won’t lie. I’m thrilled that they went for the television option instead of a feature film. This is a property that even casual gamers know has been fleshed out for years through multiple games and tie-ins for an ever-expanding world and experience.
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