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Will the ‘Battlefield’ Video Game Franchise Be A TV Series? News and Possible Release Date

( [email protected] ) Jul 13, 2016 09:19 AM EDT
As anyone who writes or works in television knows, there are a lot of shows that people never see.  I'm not talking about pilots that are killed before they can be a show, but I'm talking about concepts for shows that seem like they will be cleared but never get a pilot.  Of course, there are some franchises like gaming ones that should be television series, and this could be the case for Battlefield.  This is what is known about the potential for a Battlefield TV series with its release date and news.
Battlefield 1 is coming soon. EA/DICE

As anyone who writes or works in television knows, there are a lot of shows that people never see.  I'm not talking about pilots that are killed before they can be a show, but I'm talking about concepts for shows that seem like they will be cleared but never get a pilot.  Of course, there are some franchises like gaming ones that should be television series, and this could be the case for Battlefield.  This is what is known about the potential for a Battlefield TV series with its release date and news. 

According to Engadget, the Battlefield video game series from Electronic Arts and DICE is currently being optioned as a television series by both Paramount and Anonymous Content.  These are the same people who are responsible for shows like Mr. Robot and True Detective.  It sounds like Michael Sugar, who won an Academy Award for Spotlight, as well as Ashley Zalt of Anonymous Content, have chosen to be the executive producers of the Battlefield show should happen.   

The possibility is most certainly there, and this looks like a project that Paramount TV president Amy Powell calls an "incredibly dynamic narrative" with a "loyal fan base".  It almost sounds like she is trying to get Battlefield fans to demand that someone make a Battlefield TV show.

For those that are not familiar with Battlefield, it is series of first-person shooter video games that debuted in in 2002 with Battlefield 1942.  There has been a lot of a Battlefield games since then, just like its competitor Call of Duty has been putting out games for quite a while as well. 

The latest version of Battlefield is Battlefield 1, which is called that because it takes place during World War I.  It is not known whether or not this Battlefield TV program will be taking place during World War I, but if they are smart, it makes sense to do it that way.

Of course, there are a lot of Battlefield games that take place in varied eras.  The first took place in World War II, and Battlefield 2142 is clearly futuristic.  A lot of fans were not a fan of Battlefield Hardline, which took out the war factor entirely and replaced it with cops and robbers.  That game also has a reputation for being released in a very incomplete form. 

Honestly, the idea for a Battlefield TV series is probably decent, and it has been a while since there has been a good television series based during a war.  Most people remember Band of Brothers, but that was back in 2001. 

I'm guessing that if this Battlefield series does get green-lit, it will appear sometime in Fall 2017, but we will see.