The Final Fantasy video game series is heading to television, as Sony Pictures TV and Hivemind (the company behind The Expanse and the upcoming Witcher adaptation) have joined forces with Square Enix to develop a live-action adaptation of the game.
To be written by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton, this adaptation will tell an original story in the world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the successful online role-playing game, which has amassed millions of players worldwide since debuting in 2013.
The series will explore the struggle between technology and magic in a quest to bring peace to a world in conflict. Magitek, beastmen, airships, chocobos and more of the game’s iconic hallmarks will be appearing in the series, which will follow both new and familiar faces – including the live-action debut of fan-favourite character Cid.
Sony Pictures Television’s Co-president, Chris Parnell said of the project, “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 [sic] to be bringing all of Eorzea’s iconic characters, settings, and concepts – including fan-favorites [sic] like Cid and, of course, the chocobos – to life for a television audience.”
Hivemind Co-founder and Co-president, Jason Brown 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 [sic] the extraordinary legacy of this franchise and its millions of fans around the world.”
More on the Final Fantasy TV adaptation when we have it.