First talked about several years ago, plans for a TV series based on the massive sci-fi MMO game “EVE Online” seem to finally be moving forward.
Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of developer CCP Games, told WIRED this week that the studio along with filmmaker Ridley Scott are “actively working” on a serialised TV adaptation of the popular game:
“We’re actually exploring that with Ridley Scott’s production company and Baltasar Kormakur, an Icelandic director. We’re actively working on that. I think we have some traction on it. It’s a very big idea obviously – doing a television series is something that takes years to get going. I think House of Cards took around seven years to get going.”
Development on the TV series had stalled in recent years due to CCP putting their focus on expanding the core game and experimenting with virtual reality. Now, with those completed, their attention seems to have switched back to the series. One thing Petursson won’t do though is bring the property to the cinema:
“I think there’s a huge opportunity to bring EVE Online’s stories that have already happened into something like a television series. [Not] a movie – EVE is the size of Game of Thrones, and you couldn’t make a movie about Game of Thrones, it’s just way too big. EVE Online is at that scale, so I think a TV series is something that makes sense.”
“EVE Online” as a game has been running for over twelve years. Set 21,000 years future, humanity has long abandoned Earth and now colonises distant worlds – but political strife and military squabbles continue out into the stars.