The long-running video game series “Battlefield” will soon be headed to TV. Variety reports that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will develop a television series based on “Battlefield.” It will be executive produced by Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, best known for producing Steven Soderbergh’s TV series “The Knick” and the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” and Ashley Zalta.
Regarding the development deal, Sugar says that “Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the ‘Battlefield’ TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years.”
Anonymous Content has produced some of the most successful, acclaimed films and TV shows since 1999. Some of these include Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” which netted Jennifer Lawrence her first Best Actress Oscar nomination, James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” and most recently, Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” and Alejandro Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.” They also produce the hit TV show “Mr. Robot,” which returns to television for its second season on July 13th.
Since 2002, Electronic Arts has released 11 games in the “Battlefield” series, and it has been played by over 60 million players worldwide. The next game in the series “Battlefield 1” is set to be released on October 21st.