The Battlefield video game franchise is going to get the television treatment. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content announced this week that they optioned the rights to the successful Battlefield franchise from DICE and Electronic Arts. Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta from Anonymous Content will serve as executive producers.
The Battlefield franchise has a large global audience of more than 60 million players since it first debuted in 2002. On that level, it makes sense why Paramount wants to try and exploit that audience with a new TV show.
Paramount TV president Amy Powell stated on the news: “Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming. EA’s Battlefield has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fan base, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen. We look forward to working with EA and Anonymous Content and thank Michael Sugar for his tenacity in bringing us this exciting project.”
Michael Sugar added: “Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation. 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.”
EA Executive VP Patrick Soderlund continued, “Battlefield is one of the most loved properties among our players. We are thrilled that Anonymous Content and Paramount TV will look to introduce fans to Battlefield through a new medium.”
This is Anonymous Content and Paramount TV’s first entry into content based on a video game franchise. Anonymous and Paramount TV have a first-look production deal for scripted TV programming across broadcast, premium cable, cable and online audiences for the property.