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It looks like the floodgates have well and truly opened, and live-action video game adaptations are now pouring in from everywhere. Gearbox's often-forgotten but much-loved World War II shooter franchise Brothers In Arms is being adapted for the small screen.
I have to say, this a lot more surprising than the news of a live-action Uncharted movie or The Last Of Us series... if only because the last game in the series was released in 2014, and was an ill-received mobile shooter. The last console entry was way back in 2008. Not exactly the most culturally relevant game, is it?
Still, Hollywood Reporter has revealed that it's going ahead, and will adapt possibly the most popular entry in the series: 2005's Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30. This gritty FPS followed the story of a team of paratroopers who ended up separated behind enemy lines during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The tale is actually inspired by the real-life trials and tribulations of 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment during Mission Albany.
Apparently, the upcoming show won't follow Road To Hill 30 beat for beat though. The series will follow eight soldiers on a mission to save their colonel from the enemy... but the show will also draw on Exercise Tiger, a real-life D-Day drill that went badly wrong and was covered up following the a friendly fire incident that reportedly resulted in the deaths of 800 men.
This particularly chapter of WWII is genuinely news to me, and I'd definitely be fascinated to learn more about exactly how Exercise Tiger came to fail and how swiftly the whole thing was covered up. Hell, I'd happily have a show dedicated to this - leave Brothers In Arms to one side.
Gearbox's Randy Pitchford will of course be getting an executive producer title, while Scott Rosenbaum (V, Gang Related) will take on the role of showrunner.
"What I liked and hadn't seen before," Rosenbaum told Hollywood Reporter "is we explore German soldiers and civilians and those in high command on both sides. We meet all these real people and see the effect and the big puzzle."
The bad news is that this Brothers In Arms show is realistically a long way off, if it gets made at all. The exciting team are still looking for directors to shoot the show, as well as a broadcast partner to air it. Those are kind of crucial pieces of the puzzle, so maybe don't get too excited until we know they're in place.
Featured Image Credit: Gearbox
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