It’s been 18 years since the legendary Final Fantasy series first made its leap to live-action with the Spirits Within. Today, the franchise announced that it will attempt again to adapt a story for a live-action setting. This time, as a TV series.
Sony Pictures Television, Square-Enix, and Hivemind—the team behind Amazon’s The Expanse and Netflix’s The Witcher, announced today that a live-action adaptation of Final Fantasy XIV is in the works. The series will be set in the world of Eorzea, the fictional setting that the online Final Fantasy game takes place in. No information has been provided yet regarding when this Final Fantasy series will be released, or where it will debut.
The press release for the series also revealed that the show will feature both new and returning characters in its story, including the first live-action appearance of Cid, a Final Fantasy character who appears repeatedly throughout the series.
“Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” said Sony Pictures Television co-president Chris Parnell. “This show is about embracing and embodying all of the elements that have made the mythos such an endlessly captivating phenomenon, and it’s an immense honor to be bringing all of Eorzea’s iconic characters, settings, and concepts – including fan-favorites like Cid and, of course, the chocobos – to life for a television audience.”
The series will be written by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton, who will also executive produce the series alongside The Expanse’s Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel (The Mummy), and Dinesh Shamdasan (Bloodshot).
“Television is the ideal medium to capture the extraordinary depth, sophisticated themes, and unparalleled imagination of Final Fantasy and its multitude of unique and fully realized characters,” said Jason Brown, Hivemind Co-Founder and Co-President. “We are working tirelessly to bring together artists from around the world who are united in honoring the extraordinary legacy of this franchise and its millions of fans around the world.”
While the plot hasn’t been revealed, Sony revealed that the story will explore “the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” Different aspects of the Final Fantasy mythos like the chocobos and other mythical creatures will make appearances in the series as well.
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