Since the release of Battlefield 3 both EA and DICE have kept quiet as to whether Bad Company, the other Battlefield game, would ever receive a third entry. Not on the same level as the mega success received from the core Battlefield series, Bad Company proved to be a nice spin-off that didn’t take itself too seriously yet at the same time provided the action gamers expect from the franchise. DICE may be busy prepping the yet to be formally revealed Battlefield 4 amongst doing support duty for EA at large, but the Battlefield: Bad Company franchise could be coming back in an unexpected way.
Gamers hoping to experience a game that is a slightly realistic take on action movie tropes from the 1980s may be happy to hear that a live-action Battlefield: Bad Company series is currently in development at Fox. Co-produced by Sony TV and Happy Madison (the company Adam Sandler owns), Battlefield: Bad Company is currently being prepped as an hour-long action comedy series for network TV. Let us all take a moment to let all those details sink in.
Far from being greenlit and receiving an order for a pilot, the Bad Company series is far along enough that it has former TV writer John Eisendrath attached to write and develop the series. A lot of video games could make for decent TV series, but Bad Company by far has the most approachable premise as its central plot (four former soldiers decide to call it quits and hunt for cash) could result in a nice modern day series in the same vein as The A-Team. However, keep in mind that this is Fox we’re talking about so it could prove to be mediocre given its network TV setting and how the network likes to abandon shows rather quickly.
Fox and Sony TV have yet to announce when they plan the series to begin filming, though such a thing depends on if the studio is happy with the initial script and approves a pilot. The prospect of a comedic action series could be a fresh take on TV since we haven’t seen much in the genre besides the wonderful but extremely underrated first season of the show Human Target.
There’s definitely a hunger amongst gamers and TV viewers for a blockbuster style experience they can enjoy at home, as evident by the massive praise for Strike Back, but given the past history video games have when it comes to receiving a theatrical debut I’m not exactly sold on everything just yet.
In the end this whole development concerning Battlefield: Bad Company is a bit odd since who would’ve ever thought Sony TV and a company owned by Adam Sandler would try to adapt a video game? Maybe this could buck the trend or it simply could be EA’s latest attempt at expanding their franchises, similar to the forthcoming Need for Speed movie based at Dreamworks.