In today’s round of Because-Why, Because-Why-Not, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have squadded up and optioned the rights to adapt Battlefield into a TV show. Some of Anonymous Content’s previous shows include the critically acclaimed Mr Robot and True Detective.
“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,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell in the press stuff.
“Battlefield is one of the most loved properties among our players,” added EA boss Patrick Söderlund. “We are thrilled that Anonymous Content and Paramount TV will look to introduce fans to Battlefield through a new medium.”
“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” said Anonymous Content producer Michael Sugar. “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 fifteen years.”
Although a TV show based on a game that’s mostly about sniping people from hundreds of metres away and accidentally crashing helicopters sounds rubbish (… or does it?), I think something like Generation Kill or even the documentary film Restrepo could totally work. Except it’s less depressing because when guys get killed, the medics can revive them.