Sony Pictures Television and production company Hivemind have announced that they are partnering with Square Enix to develop a live-action Final Fantasy XIV television show.
Set in the world of Eorzea, the show promises to bring to life elements of the Final Fantasy XIV world like chocobos and an incarnation of the character Cid. The plot will focus on “the struggle between magic and technology and a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” The press release did not mention if main NPCs like Y’shtola or Lyse will make appearances in the show.
Sony Pictures Television co-president Chris Parnell said in a statement, “Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike. 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.”
Neither release date nor casting details were released at the press conference. This is not the first time Square Enix has tried a Final Fantasy film, the first with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within in 2001 to mixed reviews.
Since then the company has produced Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, a sequel to Final Fantasy VII, and both Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, prequels to 2016’s Final Fantasy XV.
Final Fantasy XIV already has a film based on the game titled Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light though it is a pretty big departure from the game. It is based on a true story of a son reconnecting with his father after they grow apart. It is incredibly touching and definitely worth a watch!