Paramount has snatched up the rights to a Battlefield TV series and will begin development soon. There is no current deal with a distributor, but any broadcast, cable, premium cable, or streaming service is possible. This is the second time Hollywood has attempted to translate the military shooter to the small screen.
Previously, the Battlefield rights were held by Fox, who in 2012 attempted to cobble together an action-comedy series based on Battlefield: Bad Company. It didn’t work and Fox eventually abandoned the idea. But as you can see below, the executives remain optimistic.
“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” said Michael Sugar, executive producer. “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 15 years.”
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell said. “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. We look forward to working with EA and Anonymous Content and thank Michael Sugar for his tenacity in bringing us this exciting project.”
It’s unknown if this particular stab at a Battlefield show will be inspired by any particular game in the series, but even if it is, Battlefield games have never held much in the way of story, so expect something original no matter what. That is, if this project doesn’t implode as well.