Icelandic “Jar City” and “Contraband” director Baltasar Kormákur has signed on to develop a television series based on the “EVE Online” MMORPG. Reykjavik-based “EVE” developers/publishers CCP Games have partnered with Kormákur and his production company to create a TV series that will use for inspiration player stories submitted to http://truestories.eveonline.com.
The “EVE” universe is a dystopian science fiction one set 21,000 in the future, in which rival societies are trapped beyond a wormhole. The game, which was launched 10 years ago, now has over 500,000 subscribers, “The EVE universe is full of astounding stories of epic battles, daring heists, and gripping political intrigue, all of which will make for an amazing television series,” Kormákur said in the announcement. “The opportunity to interact with the fans of the EVE Universe directly opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities.”
The process of integrating a potentially ongoing TV series with a similarly ongoing and expanding game is one that Syfy is currently experimenting with via new drama/game “Defiance.” Where the “EVE” series will live in terms of TV network is still up in the air.
Kormákur is in post-production on Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg action film “2 Guns,” and is directing the pilot episode of the HBO thriller “The Missionary,” on which Wahlberg is a producer.