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FarmVille animated series in development courtesy of Brett Ratner

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An animated series based on Zynga's FarmVille is in development from executive producer Brett Ratner, director of the Rush Hour series of films and producer of Fox's Prison Break TV series, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal.

"FarmVille is one of the most exciting brands out there today and its cross-platform opportunities are endless," Ratner said. "I am thrilled to be expanding the brand with existing fans and also engaging a whole new audience."

Ratner, who was once working on a God of War movie and a few years ago expressed interest in making a movie based on Guitar Hero, is working with Canadian production Six Eleven Media to produce the half-hour show. Earlier this year, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that the company was developing a comedy based on a viral video about a honey badger who just doesn't care.

In an earnings call this week, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus characterized the September release of FarmVille 2, which ended 2012 as one of Facebook's top 10 games, as the "biggest highlight of the quarter."

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