EXCLUSIVE: Electronic Arts‘ hit video game Battlefield: Bad Company is headed to the small screen. Fox has put in development Bad Company, an hourlong action comedy based on EA’s bestselling video game from Alias alum John Eisendrath, Sony TV and studio-based Happy Madison.
Written by Eisendrath, Bad Company features the main characters from the game. It follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. But trouble is never far behind as they realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks. Eisendrath is executive producing with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson and EA’s Patrick Bach and Patrick O’Brien.
Part of EA’s Battlefield series, Battlefield: Bad Company, a single-player campaign that drops gamers behind enemy lines, was released in 2008 and spawned a sequel two years later. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the story’s humor as well as the game’s technical aspects. (Check out the game’s trailer below.)
This is the third sale this season for ICM Partners-repped Eisendrath, who is under an overall deal at Sony TV. He is executive producing dramas The Blacklist, written by Jon Bokenkam, at NBC; and Dakota at ABC, which he is co-writing with Andrew Chapman. He created ESPN’s Playmakers and NBC’s Outlaw. EA is with UTA.
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