Netflix is known to have a heart for video game adaptations and it seems that the streaming service is now also planning a live-action series for the popular Final Fantasy franchise.
Final Fantasy Live-Action Netflix Series in the works?
After it was reported recently that Netflix was working on the video game series adaptation of Electronic Arts’ Dragon Age franchise, a new rumor goes around with it. According to reports, the number one streaming service Netflix is planning a live-action series based on Square Enix’s successful Final Fantasy franchise.
According to the website Giant Freakin Robot, Netflix is reportedly working on a live-action series based on Final Fantasy from Square Enix. The reports from the site were apparently provided by “trusted and proven sources.” As with any rumor, we should take this information with a pinch of salt until it is officially announced.
There are no additional details about the project, how far it is in development, or which games in the series would be based on. If Netflix is really working on the series, the most obvious choice for the plot seems to be the iconic Final Fantasy VII, which has already been remade for PlayStation in 2020.
However, there is also a completely new story at stake that will use the rich arsenal of elements from the game series. Final Fantasy has had many adaptations before, but in most cases, just of the anime variety and typically limited to smaller series. The highlight is The Spirits Within, a CGI feature film released in 2001 with an estimated budget of $135 million.
Its critical and audience performance, however, was far below expectations, grossing just $85 million at the box office and finishing below 50% at Rotten Tomatoes.
It seems like Netflix is committed to becoming a true home for game adaptations. After Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed, The Division, and Sonic, it seems that it’s time for Final Fantasy to enter that list finally.