Final Fantasy is finally getting a live-action adaptation. Sony Pictures Television has partnered with production company Hivemind and video game developer Square Enix in order to bring the long-running and highly popular video game series to life as a TV show. There is no word yet on how soon we could actually see the show for ourselves, nor is it clear how quickly the studios intend to get production underway. But it's happening.
The show will tell an original story set within the confines of the Final Fantasy universe. It will take place on the planet of Eorzea. The planet was introduced in Final Fantasy XIV, which was initially released in 2010. The plan is to incorporate various characters and iconography from the more than 30-year history of the franchise. Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell had this to say about the series in a statement.
"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."
Specific plot details for the video game based series have yet to be revealed. The companies merely released a brief logline that states the show will center on "the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict." Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have signed on to write and executive produce the series. Jason F. Brown of Hivemind had this to say.
"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."
Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel and Dinesh Shamdasani are set to produce on behalf of Hivemind. It's worth noting that Hivemind is the same studio behind The Witcher series for Netflix, which is set to debut this year. That may seem to indicate this too could be heading to Netflix. However, it's worth noting that the company, which also works on The Expanse, has a first-look deal with Amazon.
Final Fantasy first debuted in 1987 and has continued on throughout the decades. It remains one of gaming's most popular and heralded franchises. Combined, the 15 numbered entries and the dozen spin-off titles have sold more than 140 million copies. The game has been adapted before, but only in animated form. The 2001 movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was met with a mixed response from critics and bombed at the box office. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was previously reported by Variety.