Sony Pictures TV has put a live-action adaptation of the popular video game franchise “Final Fantasy” in development.
The series is based on “Final Fantasy XIV,” the series’ debut online role-playing game that was released in 2013, telling an original story set in Eorzea.
Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth installment, the project will embrace the bold and genre-bending sensibilities of the revered and long-running “Final Fantasy” series as it explores 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, notably, 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.
Sony is working with Hivemind, the production company behind Amazon’s “The Expanse” and Netflix’s upcoming “Witcher” adaptation, as well as “Final Fantasy” video game developer Square Enix.
“‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into ‘Final Fantasy’ for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” Sony Pictures TV co-president Chris Parnell said. “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.”
Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani of Hivemind will serve as Executive Producers on the series. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton will write the script and executive produce as well.