So far as pilots develop for 2013, there have been a number of interesting adaptations. Though supernatural novels are flying off the shelves and landing in the hands of scribes in the hopes that perhaps they’ll create a television take worth picking up, we’ve also seen takes such as a remake of Misfitsand a TV version of Battle Royale insert the mix as well. However with FOX developing some high-concept dramas of their own, they haven’t quite lowered the bar just yet to searching around and hoping a hit franchise will fall into their laps. Well now, perhaps that was only because instead of searching their local Barnes and Noble they were looking in Best Buy’s game aisle.
Deadline reports that FOX has tapped Alias writer John Eisendrath to develop an hour-long action comedy pilot based on the hit videogame Battlefield: Bad Company. Sony Television will produce alongside Happy Madison, while developer EA will also be involved in an executive producing aspect through employees Patrick Bach and Patrick O’Brien.
The plot follows ”four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. But trouble is never far behind as they realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks”.
Eisendrath will pen the script, but there is no word just yet on the commitment FOX has made towards the pilot. The action aspect could get a bit expensive, so it’s likely for now they have a script commitment only with Eisendrath.
Battlefield: Bad Company was met with great reviews and bigger sales, eventually leading to a 2010 sequel that was met with equal enthusiasm. Though there is no follow-up just yet, there are at least two titles that the series could easily take storylines from and a fanbase hopefully ready to watch the adventures play out on television. However, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the series’ name was shortened simply to Bad Company in the months to come.