MOVIE NEWS – Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind Entertainment announced that they agreed to make a series adaptation out of Square Enix‘ Final Fantasy XIV MMO.
„The live-action television series will tell an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s blockbuster online role-playing game. Since it first debuted in 2013 [a note here: that’s not exactly right. Final Fantasy XIV ORIGINALLY launched in 2010, then flopped. The updated re-release dubbed A Realm Reborn, is referenced here – the editor], the online title has continued to delight and amass millions of players around the world year over year and only further cemented Final Fantasy as one of the most storied and influential franchises in gaming history.
Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth instalment, 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 instalment of the franchise to date,” the press release says.
Hivemind Entertainment is the same production company that works on Amazon’s The Expanse, as well as The Witcher for Netflix (which we wrote about several times in the past years), meaning they already have experience in live-action adaptation out of video games.
However, we have no idea when the television series will air, or how many episodes it will contain. Seeing it’s the first announcement, we shouldn’t expect anything in the next 1.5-2 years, as there’s probably no casting done yet either. (Unless they secretly started work on the series already. Who knows?)