A Final Fantasy live-action TV series is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, which will partner with Square Enix and production company Hivemind.
According to the press release, the television series will take place in Final Fantasy XIV’s Eorzea and tell an original story exploring “the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” Although plot details were not revealed beyond that, the release did tease the inclusion of iconic characters and elements of the game series, including “magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos.” The show will also feature Cid, who has appeared in various iterations in every one of the franchise’s installments.
“Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell said. “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 Final Fantasy series is known for its varied cast of characters, magical worlds, steampunk-inspired airships and giant, loveable chickens known as Chocobos. The franchise has 15 different official instalments and a number of spin-offs, and frequently invents new worlds with each iteration of the series, giving the new television show plenty to draw from in terms of source material.
The release date and cast of the series were not revealed. A platform/network for the show was not revealed, but Hivemind has a first-look deal with Amazon Studios, so it may appear there.