Last year, we ran a story about fake movie posters for sci-fi video games, and one of those was for Eve Chronicles, based on CCP Games’ MMORPG EVE Online. HALO, Bioshock, and Assassin’s Creed were also on there, and all of those games already have cinematic adaptations at some stage of the process. Now EVE does as well.
Though the fake poster had J.J. Abrams as director, EVE is being developed as a TV series by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, whose 2 Guns comic adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg is coming out this August. The deal with Kormákur and his RVK production company was announced at this year’s EVE Online Fanfest, and shows like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire were mentioned as shows of similar scope. Nice HBO plugs, considering Kormákur is directing a Cold War-themed pilot for HBO called The Missionary. Considering EVE‘s parent company, CCP Games, is based in Iceland, it’s great to see them sticking to their roots.
The TV project will follow the same storyline, in which five faction are in an intergalactic war, trapped in their realm of the universe by a collapsed wormhole. Just in case you think this is some kind of historical biography, it’s set over 21,000 years in the future. One of the ways that the game is unique is in bringing user-submitted stories into the game’s vastness, and that’s what they plan on doing for the TV show as well. Incidentally, stories can be submitted on this website.
It would be easy to start comparing this to that wormhole movie currently in pre-production from that B-movie hack Christopher Nolan — that was today’s master class in sarcasm — but we’ll wait until there is actually something to talk about first.