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Battlefield: Bad Company Will be a TV Series, Maybe

Fox and Happy Madison are working with EA to produce an hour-long action comedy based on the franchise. Yay?

Like this, but with more fart jokes, and Rob Schneider. Probably.

Bucking the trend of developing film adaptations of video games that will likely never come to fruition, EA has decided to partner with Fox and production company Happy Madison to develop a TV adaptation of a video game that will likely never come to fruition. In this case, it's the publisher's Battlefield: Bad Company franchise that's getting the live action treatment, albeit with sights set on the small screen.

Based on the description from Deadline's story on the subject, the series is being envisioned as a sort of modern A-Team, with a quartet of soldiers moving to the private sector, only to find themselves betrayed by their former commanding officer. Given the game's propensity for humorous explosions and off-color banter, one can surmise that this will not be played particularly straight.

Writer/producer John Eisendrath (Alias, Felicity) is heading up the project, along with Happy Madison's Doug Robinson, who has most recently served as executive producer of the enduring, if generally execrable David Spade sitcom Rules of Engagement.

Considering that most video game development deals like this have a tendency to fall apart, one cannot get too excited at this prospect--assuming one could get excited about a TV series based on an offshoot first-person shooter franchise developed by Adam Sandler's production company in the first place.

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Posted by Alex
Like this, but with more fart jokes, and Rob Schneider. Probably.

Bucking the trend of developing film adaptations of video games that will likely never come to fruition, EA has decided to partner with Fox and production company Happy Madison to develop a TV adaptation of a video game that will likely never come to fruition. In this case, it's the publisher's Battlefield: Bad Company franchise that's getting the live action treatment, albeit with sights set on the small screen.

Based on the description from Deadline's story on the subject, the series is being envisioned as a sort of modern A-Team, with a quartet of soldiers moving to the private sector, only to find themselves betrayed by their former commanding officer. Given the game's propensity for humorous explosions and off-color banter, one can surmise that this will not be played particularly straight.

Writer/producer John Eisendrath (Alias, Felicity) is heading up the project, along with Happy Madison's Doug Robinson, who has most recently served as executive producer of the enduring, if generally execrable David Spade sitcom Rules of Engagement.

Considering that most video game development deals like this have a tendency to fall apart, one cannot get too excited at this prospect--assuming one could get excited about a TV series based on an offshoot first-person shooter franchise developed by Adam Sandler's production company in the first place.

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Posted by jakkblades

Awesome

Posted by porr

...................

Posted by brownsfantb

This will probably happen because people will probably watch it, even though it'll be terrible.

Posted by JordanaRama

I adore those games, particularly because of the characters and direction it took. I don't want to be cynical but I can't imagine this show will capture that nearly as well, if at all.

Posted by JohnLocke

I could see this working if the humour style from the first Bad Company game is used.

Posted by Nonentity

This is one of those situations where I'd love to be wrong about it, but... I probably won't be.

Posted by Phatmac

This won't make the light of day, hopefully.

Posted by Itwastuesday

YEEEEAAAAHHHHH

Posted by iAmJohn
Battlefield Bad Company will be a TV series.

Yay!

Happy Madison... Rules of Engagement.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!

Posted by 49th

2/10 will not watch dumb idea

Posted by UricTheOddball

I want to be excited about this, but I agree that this will have a very hard time getting on the air.

Posted by Ronald

If the television show doesn't have Truckasaurus Rex in it why bother?

Posted by BaneFireLord

This doesn't sound terrible.

Edited by Vlad_Tiberius

Hopefully no lens flare effects and the actors won't get shot as soon as they enter the stage

Edited by bybeach

Feeling my age.....finally. Thank Gosh nothing did that to me till I read this.

I actually had a so-so time with Bad Company, though I acknowledge it was meant more or least as much for players like me. Haven't even tried their last effort beyond a 1/2 hour, for cheap om steam.

Posted by SuperJoe

starring Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, and Tim Meadows.

Posted by Hurricrane

@iAmJohn said:

Battlefield Bad Company will be a TV series.

Yay!

Happy Madison... Rules of Engagement.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!

This. Exactly.

Posted by Morden2261

Yes, because if there's one thing this world needs, it's more "entertainment" shat out by Adam Sandler's production house...

Posted by Pie
Posted by drowsap

@iAmJohn said:

Battlefield Bad Company will be a TV series.

Yay!

Happy Madison... Rules of Engagement.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!

This right here lool

Posted by Winternet

If it is a non-nonsensical comedy tv series I am all for it. Especially if it's dumb as hell.

Posted by thatdutchguy

Just get Firefly back on the air ffs.

Posted by betterboulder

PLZ NOE!

Posted by Inublade

Looks like EA is trying to find something else to do after their complete failure at video games.

Posted by big_jon

Are you fucking kidding me? Hey EA why not fuck off with this, scrap BF4 and make BC3 instead, fucking dumb asses.

Posted by CornBREDX

I am ok with it in theory but I probably wouldn't watch it. It'd probably work better as a dark comedy on a subscription cable channel imo more in tune with how the games story is. 
 
But once again Hollywood lacks any vision.

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Posted by MachoFantastico

*smashes head against wall*

Posted by Giantstalker

This combination could enter so-bad-it's-good territory, but honestly, I wouldn't hold my breath for it.

Hopefully it doesn't have the Battlefield name anywhere in the title if it actually gets made, so the main series can continue with an unsullied name.

Posted by MeatSim

I like the banter in the Bad Company games and I like the concept of a modern day A-Team but I have no faith in Happy Madison and we all know these sort of things almost never go well.

Posted by AlexanderSheen

This is not gonna happen, right?

...

Right?

Posted by Animasta

bad company is one game that would work pretty well in this format. we'll see if it happens or is any good but sure

Posted by Mendelson9

This could be cool but once I read that Happy Madison is involved...disgusting. Have they produced anything that was good? This is the company that gave the world Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Jack & Jill. Think about that.

Posted by DavoTron

what an earth is this, backwards day or some shit?

Posted by onan

...Why don't they just put out an updated version of the A-Team and call it a day? They're paying for a license no one still watching television cares about.

Posted by Guyzea
Posted by Hyperfludd

The idea in general sounds great, but uh..

Posted by jillsandwich

Am I crazy in believing this might actually be awesome?

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Please no.

Edited by VibratingDonkey

Well I don't see how this could be good. It could, but...

@jillsandwich said:

Am I crazy in believing this might actually be awesome?

It might. But it's just wishful thinking. If "done right", anything would be fantastic.

What they should do is take Battlefield's campaign, rip it out, and shove Bad Company in there instead. The design and personality, the not being a forgettable dullard campaign, the SP design attempting to be representative of what Battlefield is about, the having an identity.

Keep the scripted serious business stuff to Medal of Honor.

Posted by Set

i support this

Posted by Etnos

yay?

if the writing is good, why not?

Posted by Sil3n7

Timely.

Posted by Korolev

Happy Madison? Now where have I heard that name before....

Oh no.

OH GOD NO.

Posted by DarkShaper

I'll admit that I had to look up what execrable meant, but I agree with the statement entirely.

Posted by GreyFoxV1

My money is on it being cancelled if it does air. FOX is extremely frugal when it comes to 1 hour time slots and show budgets so unless this show explodes I'm betting it will be cancelled within a season due to the budget or show length. EA should have put this on HBO.

Posted by Hizang

I vote they skip this and instead work on Battlefield Bad Company 3.

Edited by crusader8463

I would love to see this come to be. The BC characters were my favourite part of that game. I'm sure it will have nothing to do with the guys form the game however other then the name on the logo.

Posted by GunsAreDrawn

Nice job attaching an image to your article that ISN'T from the final game.

Posted by AuthenticM

@iAmJohn said:

Battlefield Bad Company will be a TV series.

Yay!

Happy Madison... Rules of Engagement.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!

Pretty much this. Had this been an HBO or Showtime joint, with actual talent pushing it forward, I would have been very excited at this prospect. Alas, it is not to be.

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