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Battlefield television series in the works at Paramount

EA’s shooter series is coming to drama

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Electronic Arts and DICE’s Battlefield series is being adapted for television by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, the company behind TV series Mr. Robot, True Detective and The Knick.

Michael Sugar, who won an Academy Award for the film Spotlight, and Ashley Zalta from Anonymous Content will serve as executive producers on the Battlefield project.

Details on the planned show are slight — rights to Battlefield have just been optioned — but Paramount TV president Amy Powell praised the first-person shooter franchise for its "incredibly dynamic narrative" in a release.

"Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming," Powell said in a release. "EA’s Battlefield has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fan base, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen. We look forward to working with EA and Anonymous Content and thank Michael Sugar for his tenacity in bringing us this exciting project."

The Battlefield franchise has spanned a broad range of time periods and settings, from World War II to modern military to militarized police in Los Angeles, so it’s not clear what the proposed setting for the show might be.

The next game in the franchise, Battlefield 1, which sends the franchise to World War I, arrives this October.

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