Hivemind has officially revealed their upcoming FINAL FANTASY XIV TV series. The team is known for their works on ‘The Expanse’ for Amazon and ‘The Witcher’ featuring Henry Cavill for Netflix. Here are the official details for the upcoming series.
The news only came a day before FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers went into Early Access for PC and PlayStation 4 users, giving them a taste of a world where they must become Warriors of Darkness, and a taste for something entirely new, including the upcoming NieR: Automata themed raid designed by series creator Yoko Taro.
Now, Sony Pictures Television and Square Enix have released minor details about the upcoming original story, which will take place in the magical world of Eorzea, a land slowly being impeded upon by the Garlean threat that players will be all-too-familiar with since the MMO originally launched in 2010 before being rebooted as A Realm Reborn in 2013.
It has been revealed that Jason F. Brown (The Expanse), Sean Daniel (The Mummy Franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani (Bloodshot, an upcoming Sony Pictures production) will be producing the show for Hivemind. Meanwhile, Hivemind has revealed that Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton will be writers and executive producers. With Hivemind’s first-look deal with Amazon, it does seem the series will find a home there unless they pass on it, opening up a chance for Netflix or Hulu to give the show a chance.
Square Enix, Hivemind, and Sony have confirmed that the show will use characters as well as elements from across the entirety of the Final Fantasy franchise, which launched 32 years ago on the NES, with 15 numbered entries in the main series, and almost four dozen spin-off titles. The show, however, has not been fully outlined with its plot being remained under seals and gunblades, but fear not, it does sound like they will be focusing on the struggles in and around Eorzea.
A good starting point, however, would be Before the Calamity, an event that occurred when the initial title was shut down in 2010 due to problems with the game, a dwindling fanbase, and an inability to compete against the likes of titles such as World of Warcraft. The game was relaunched in 2013, but many of the prior events elude current players, which sees prominent characters such as the original Warrior of Light and Louisoix as elusive members of the entry unless they completed the Bahamut Coils in FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, which is available to this very day.
It has, however, been confirmed we will get to see elements such as magic, airships, chocobos, Cid (well, that’s a given, amirite?), as well as familiar faces from the game, all making an appearance in the series. The series will also be the first time a live-action run has been given a chance as the series has only seen CGI releases until now with movies such as Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive, and the first-ever big-movie release Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which featured Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, and Ming-Na Wen, back in 2001.
The show will be joining Showtimes Halo series staring Pablo Schrieber, Ubisoft’s TV project for their upcoming title Skulls & Bones, along with Netflix’s The Witcher series that is set to release in 2020. Currently, there is no imminent release date on the upcoming show as it is still very-much-so in its earliest stages.
We’ll keep you updated once more information is released. FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers is now available for PC and PlayStation 4. Stay tuned for our review of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers coming this August.
[Source: Hollywood Reporter]
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