Eorzea will be the setting for the Final Fantasy live action show, and it will feature an original story, set in the Final Fantasy XIV world. Familiar faces, features, and creatures will make an appearance though, including anti-hero Cid. Let’s be honest here though, Final Fantasy XIV Cid is the worst Cid. Too much exposed chest, that he definitely waxes, and his hair is cack.
It’s a great age to be a fantasy fiction fan. With the backing of big production companies, many of our favorite franchises are being brought to life in movies or TV. In development at the moment, we have The Witcher, Halo, and The Division. Further to that, the rights for a Battlefield series have been recently optioned by EA DICE. Production for the Final Fantasy live action show will fall to Hivemind, with Square Enix playing an advisory role. Hivemind, as you may know, are the company currently fronting The Witcher series for Netflix.
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Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton will write the Final Fantasy live-action series, and this will be their biggest project to date. Thus far, they have collaborated on Winters Knight, an origin tale about Santa Clause(!?). Producers for the show include Jason F. Brown (The Expanse), Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani (Sony Pictures upcoming Bloodshot).
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 Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell
This won’t be the first foray for Final Fantasy outside of video games. There are a number of animated films based on Final Fantasy, with the largest endeavor being Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Which kind of bombed. More recently we had Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light; a soap-opera type series depicting one father’s efforts to connect with his son, through the popular MMORPG. It genuinely sounds delightful, and I’m actually going to try it out.
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