With Marvel’s Cinematic Universe conquering the box office, with both Marvel and DC greenlighting tons of new series on both traditional networks and Netflix, and with Star Wars set to resurge in a big way under its new Disney masters, Hollywood is positively gaga over the notion of shared, cross-media universes. Terminator is getting in on the action, it’s just a matter of time till they launch one or more new Trek TV series, but one dark horse contender is a show based on the multiplayer sci-fi game EVE Online, which is setting its aim high, looking for Game of Thrones-style success.
Word first broke that an EVE Online TV series was in the works last April, with Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) at the helm. Game of Thrones was name-checked at the time as being exemplary of the scope and ambition they had in mind, as well as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Those are both pretty ballsy comparisons for a show based on a property that doesn’t have much mainstream name recognition. CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson is sticking to those (ray) guns in a recent feature in Variety. The company is meeting with TV networks about the project, but Petursson says, “We would rather do it well than in a hurry.” A sound policy, I should think.