Sony Pictures Developing a Live-Action Final Fantasy XIV TV Series

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The world of Eorzea, from the MMO Final Fantasy XIV, is coming to life in a new TV series from the people behind The Expanse and Netflix’s Witcher series. 

This morning Sony Pictures and the production company Hivemind (The Expanse and The Witcher TV series) have announced they’re working together with Square Enix to develop a live-action series based on Final Fantasy XIV.

The game debuted back in 2013, and has since garnered a steady/growing following of gamers with expansions still launching to much acclaim. The series will tell an original story set within that world that will pull from the various settings and characters players have enjoyed throughout the game’s long run.

Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth installment, the project will embrace the bold and genre-bending sensibilities of the revered and long-running FINAL FANTASY series as it explores the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict. Filled with iconic hallmarks of the title’s revered mythology – magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos – the forthcoming series will feature a mixture of new and familiar faces. Those will, notably, include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every installment of the franchise to date. 

“FINAL FANTASY XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into FINAL FANTASY for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” said Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell. “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.”

“Television is the ideal medium to capture the extraordinary depth, sophisticated themes, and unparalleled imagination of FINAL FANTASY and its multitude of unique and fully realized characters,” said Jason Brown, Hivemind Co-Founder and Co-President. “We are working tirelessly to bring together artists from around the world who are united in honoring the extraordinary legacy of this franchise and its millions of fans around the world.”

Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have been tapped to write the series, which doesn’t have a release window yet. What are you hoping to see out of a Final Fantasy live-action series?