A live-action Final Fantasy television series is in development by Square Enix, Sony Pictures Television, and Hivemind.
And yes, there's Chocobos.
The as-yet-untitled series will be set in Final Fantasy XIV's world, Eorzea. While the show will be an original story, the producers' aim to incorporate characters and elements from the franchise's 32-year history.
"Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike," said Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell. "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."
The series will delve into "the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict" according to the producers' announcement, and be filled with "iconic hallmarks of the title's revered mythology [including] magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos."
Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have signed on as writers and executive producers of the show. They will be joined by Sony, Square Enix, and Hivemind's Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani.
"Television is the ideal medium to capture the extraordinary depth, sophisticated themes, and unparalleled imagination of Final Fantasy and its multitude of unique and fully realized characters," said Brown. "We are working tirelessly to bring together artists from around the world who are united in honoring the extraordinary legacy of this franchise and its millions of fans around the world."
Hivemind is also producing Amazon's The Expanse and Netflix's The Witcher shows.
A timeline for the Final Fantasy show's production or a release date has not been specified; nor has a network or streaming service to air it.
This comes as two new games - a Final Fantasy VII remake and a remastered Final Fantasy IX - were announced at E3 earlier this month.