Developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts, Battlefield delivers an all-out war experience on land, sea and air, a single player campaign that drops gamers behind enemy lines with a particular focus on large maps, teamwork and vehicle warfare. The franchise has amassed more than 60 million players worldwide since debuting in 2002. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar (Spotlight, The Knick) and Ashley Zalta will executive produce.
Battlefield is the latest project and first foray into content based on a video game franchise for Anonymous Content and Paramount TV, which have a first-look scripted programming deal for broadcast, premium cable, cable and online.
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “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.”
“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” said Sugar, partner, Anonymous Content. “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.”
“Michael’s track record speaks for itself,” added Patrick O’Brien, Vice President of EA Entertainment. “Combined with his passion for Battlefield, we cannot imagine a better team than Anonymous Content and Paramount for this project.”
Other projects being produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content include Netflix’s Thirteen Reasons Why from exec producer Selena Gomez; Netflix’s Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill; and TNT’s The Alienist, based on the book.
This is the second time Battlefield has been eyed for TV. In 2012, Fox put in development Battlefield: Bad Company, but it never made it to series.
EA was repped in the deal by UTA.
Here’s the trailer for Battlefield 1: