Just a couple of days ago, Sony Pictures Television and production company Hivemind Entertainment (the company behind the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher) announced a partnership with Square Enix, to develop a live-action Final Fantasy TV series based on the online multiplayer role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV.
That explains why Square Enix was able to get Tom Holland (Sony’s new Spider-man) for a Final Fantasy XIV commercial, then.
What can we expect?
Not much is known about the series just yet, seeing as how it’s still in “development stage”. However, it’s been confirmed that the live-action series will tell an original story set in Eorzea, the world in which Final Fantasy XIV is set. That, and the series will showcase the “live-action debut of Cid” – who we’re assuming is Cid Garlond, an airship engineer from the game itself.
Apparently, some of the Final Fantasy series’ key elements have been promised to feature in the series as well – namely “magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos”. According to a news release from Square Enix, 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.”
No formal title has been given for the live-action series, nor has there been a confirmed launch date or network partner. Who knows, though? It might just be Netflix, seeing as how Final Fantasy 14 already has a live-action TV series on Netflix – though it takes a far different approach from this upcoming one.
Though live-action movie or series adaptations of games tend to be a hit-or-miss, the project sounds promising! Fans of Final Fantasy 14, as well as the Final Fantasy series as a whole, surely have tons to look forward to. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, in hopes that this adaptation will be a good one.
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