A Final Fantasy live-action TV series is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, which will partner with Square Enix and production company Hivemind to develop a new adventure set in the Final Fantasy XIV world of Eorzea. Final Fantasy has recently had a few different crossovers with live-action bits, with the latest coming from a bizarre but entertaining ad for Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers that saw Tom Holland training as a Warrior of Darkness under the tutelage of Hannibal Buress.
The Final Fantasy series is known for its varied cast of characters, magical worlds, steampunk-inspired airships and giant, loveable chickens known as Chocobos. The franchise has 15 different official instalments and a number of spin-offs, and frequently invents new worlds with each iteration of the series, giving the new television show plenty to draw from in terms of source material. Over the past few years, Final Fantasy XIV, which boasts over 16 million subscribers, has been a bigger focus for developer Square Enix's attempts to break out into other forms of media, with the Netflix series Dad of Light surprising fans with its quality take on how MMORPGs can bond father and son.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Jason F. Brown (The Expanse), Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani (Bloodshot) will produce the show for Hivemind. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton will write for the series and also serve as executive producers. The new Final Fantasy live-action TV series will apparently incorporate characters and aesthetic from across the franchise, and while details about the new series are scarce, it will apparently explore "the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict."
Final Fantasy, and especially Final Fantasy XIV, has been enjoying a lot of success lately in terms of reception and influence. The series has so much lore and world-building behind it that adapting it for television shouldn't be a question of finding enough material, but rather deciding what's the most important. The live-action Final Fantasy will be following in the footsteps of other live-action adaptations of video game properties such as the Halo series that will star American Gods' Pablo Schreiber, and the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill.
A live-action Final Fantasy will pose a lot of challenges, but it also offers up a significant reward for both Sony and Square Enix. Setting the series within the online world of Eorzea could entice millions of new players to give the MMORPG a shot, while also cementing Final Fantasy as one of the most influential video game properties in the industry today. Given the relative freedom the production team has with character design, it could also be a show that attracts a lot of young talent looking to snag an iconic role.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter