Fox Greenlights Battlefield: Bad Company TV Show

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Fox Greenlights Battlefield: Bad Company TV Show

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A TV adaptation of the popular series hopes to portray its action and humor.

Let's see if you can name this TV show: four unconventional ex-soldiers find themselves on the wrong side of the government, and must now evade capture while helping people and trading funny quips along the way. If you guessed The A-Team, you're right, but apparently, there's enough room for at least two military action-comedies in this world. Battlefield: Bad Company, EA's humorous shooter spinoff, is getting the small screen treatment courtesy of Fox as an upcoming TV series.

The show will come courtesy of John Eisendrath (producer and writer on Alias), Sony TV, and Happy Madison (a studio that specializes in comedies). Each episode will be an hour long (or, more accurately, 42-44 minutes once you take commercials into account), and follow the story of the game's four protagonists as they evade their former commander, now an agent of a shady government faction. There's no word on how closely the show will follow its source material, but both Patrick Bach and Patrick O'Brien, high-ranking representatives from EA, will be involved in the production.

Whether the series retells the events of the games or weaves its own unique yarn, Bad Company seems like a good candidate for a TV adaptation. Since its narrative strength is in its characters, any number of stories involving them should prove entertaining in the right hands. Videogames don't generally work as movies, but could they succeed in a serialized format?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Well this is an interesting development. Ill be interested to see how this turns out. Not sure if fox would be my first choice though.

Considering all those ads for the first game, this has the potential to be awesome. They had all those great parody videos and the ones introducing the soldiers.

It also has the potential to suck, but I'd prefer to stay optimistic.

So this will either suck and stay on the air for way to long.

Suck and get canned after two episodes.

Be amazing and get canceled after the first season.

Though I likely will watch this when it comes out.

I loved the Bad Company games and thought the characters made it a superior game to CoD.

Colour me interested.

Two Angels:
I loved the Bad Company games and thought the characters made it a superior game to CoD.

Colour me interested.

That only applies to Bad Company 1. It had that Kelly's Heros thing going on that made it awesome. BC2 just had a sucky story line.

Balls to this, when is Bad Company 3 getting announced?

This is ... actually a good idea...

The show does sort of fit as a TV show. I can actually totally see this.

"Bad Company" as the theme song.

Who wants to bet?

How egotistical is it to name a show after yourself?

Beautiful End:
"Bad Company" as the theme song.

Who wants to bet?

I'd rather hear this as the theme

Not gonna happen, though.

Beautiful End:
"Bad Company" as the theme song.

Who wants to bet?

I second this motion.

OT: Why FOX?

If they can pull this off, they'll be the ones getting the gold xD. I can't wait to see how this turns out.

WanderingFool:

Two Angels:
I loved the Bad Company games and thought the characters made it a superior game to CoD.

Colour me interested.

That only applies to Bad Company 1. It had that Kelly's Heros thing going on that made it awesome. BC2 just had a sucky story line.

Very true. That's because it tried to copy CoD. BC1 had the crazy dictator too. Hope he appears in the show.

Shame that the funny characters were only in the first.
Christ, the second's story mode sucked.

Beautiful End:
"Bad Company" as the theme song.

Who wants to bet?

But then what version do you go for?

I'd definitely be interested in watching it anyway, at least initially.

Andy Shandy:

Beautiful End:
"Bad Company" as the theme song.

Who wants to bet?

But then what version do you go for?

I'd definitely be interested in watching it anyway, at least initially.

I was actually thinking of the cover by Five Finger Deathpunch cause, ya know, that's badass and modern. Or something.

This sounds like a great idea, though I wonder if the character chemistry in the show will be anything like it was in the game. Haggard, Sweetwater, and Redford is one of my favorite collection of people, Marlowe being excluded only because of being the (largely) silent protagonist, save for the monologues and rare cut-scene dialogue, which I feel worked. Also brings me to the question of whether or not there'll be a main focus character who'll be monologuing on occasion, if only in the same fashion of How I Met Your Mother (without the kids, of course).

fix-the-spade:
Balls to this, when is Bad Company 3 getting announced?

Probably never. The first game was an Proof of Concept project to show that DICE and the Frost engine were worth EA's time. The fact that it got a squeal in the first place was luck really. BC2 was probably greenlit for the sake of padding out time between BF3.

I had to double take and remember that the retards spamming the internet with pro-Republican news stories are only one facet of Fox.

Oh well, since i live in the UK ill probably see it on Sky 1 in half a year or so after its premiere, if it even manages to get off the ground in the States.

That's... pretty neat! :D

I love the Bad Company series. Seeing it on TV would be awesome.

Can't wait to see how it turns out.

No matter how closely it follows the game, it at least wont be subject to spoilers or sameness. I doubt even Hardcore BC2 fans have played through the single-player campaign.

Uh, okay then. We'll see how that pans out. I hope it takes more from BC1 as it had a distinct personality while BC2 took everything that was good about the first and turned it into a mediocre Modern warfare parody.

Worse story, worse overall gameplay, worse maps, it baffles me BC2 was as popular as it was and the only reason I can think of is that many new players don't know any better. I know that sounds bad but uugh it makes me crazy.

It seems like I might be the only person who sees some potential in this. They could definitely make a good TV show with those characters. Now, obviously we need to see some footage or at least trailers before passing judgment, but for now I'm cautiously optimistic.

Edit: So I'm not the only one. Sorry for only skimming other comments before posting, haha.

Loved Bad Company 2... Sad that even if this is insanely good and high view count, Fox will cancel it for some BS reason after like 13 episodes. D:

Adam Sandler's production company is involved in this? Considering I've liked almost nothing of theirs I've seen, this is probably a pass for me.

Edit: It doesn't help that I don't find Adam Sandler funny in the slightest, either.

Andy Shandy:

Beautiful End:
"Bad Company" as the theme song.

Who wants to bet?

But then what version do you go for?

I'd definitely be interested in watching it anyway, at least initially.

Bad Company MUST be the theme song, but I can't figure how long this will last on FOX.

I feel like this show being successful is too good to be true. :(

Sad, because I am a huge fan of the Battlefield franchise and especially the Bad Company series.

I read the title of this post out loud to a friend and he responded with laughter. Yep, my thoughts exactly.

I'm confused. The channel that railed against violence in video games, is making a TV show....based on a video game?

What, no love for The Losers?

It's certainly the best -perhaps only- Battlefield game you could pull this off with, but man did a lot of my interest get sapped away when I got to the "evade their former commander, now an agent of a shady government faction" bit.

Really? that old chestnut again?

DVS BSTrD:
How egotistical is it to name a show after yourself?

that made my morning :D

but... it's gonna suck. calling it now. either that or it won't have anything to do battlefield and they might as well change the name too.

I don't usually follow war series (or too many series in general to be fair) but what I've seen of Band of Brothers that was a nice series.
And this could be in that same level as they are both about war?

Guffe:
I don't usually follow war series (or too many series in general to be fair) but what I've seen of Band of Brothers that was a nice series.
And this could be in that same level as they are both about war?

The Battlefield: Bad Company series is about a bunch of misfit soldiers who are used as cannon fodder and get into trouble.

For example:

Here is some nation, getting invaded single-handedly by a greedy Texan with a shotgun.

I honestly hope they continue the whole 'rejects of the Army' theme because its a hell of allot funnier.

Kelly's heroes meets A-team!

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