A live-action TV series based on Final Fantasy XIV is in the works — the news announced today by Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind, known for producing The Expanse and the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher. The series will tell “original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea”
Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell stated “Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike. 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.”
Sony’s press release says the upcoming television adaptation represents a momentous new milestone for the franchise and will mark the first time a Final Fantasy world – and its many beloved inhabitants – will be realized in live action.
Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani of Hivemind will serve as Executive Producers on the series. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton (Winter’s Knight, The Wells Initiative) have been commissioned to write for the series and will also serve as Executive Producers.
According to Thornton, development on the project has been planned for a while now:
So now you know what I’ve been working on this last 2 1/2 years…. https://t.co/9HUYWO8dGZ
— Jake Thornton (@jakethornton) June 27, 2019
Previously, a TV-series based on Final Fantasy XIV chronicled a real-life story of a father and son connecting through the game. Called “Father of Light”, it’s now available to stream on Netflix and a film re-telling is also set to arrive in Japan this year.