I’m not clear to what extent ‘optioned’ means ‘actually making’ vs ‘we gave the folk who own the thing some cash to stop them from selling the rights to someone else’, particularly in an age where every TV firm wants its own Game Of Thrones or Walking Dead and so speculatively hoovers up rights to anything with name-recognition (I’m open to offers for Ian Football, by the by). In any case, EA’s Mirror’s Edge has been optioned by Endemol, and I can understand why.
It’s not the strikingly stark city design or parkour action, but rather it’s the dystopic, conspiracy-laden setting and its skilled but grudging rebel protagonist, Faith (who is also very much cosplay friendly). I.e. the Mirror’s Edge plot, which I don’t think is what most of us loved foremost about Mirror’s Edge, but would very much fit the people scowling at each other and yelling stuff like “you have no idea what’s really on going!” structure that informs many of today’s made-for-boxset TV.
“We clearly see Mirror’s Edge as a franchise for the global TV audience,” said Sharon Hall, President of Endemol Shine Studios, as reported by Deadline. “It has a strong female protagonist, a wildly rabid fan base and a worldwide brand that Electronic Arts and EA DICE have done an amazing job establishing.”
Well, in that they made one game, didn’t seem to entirely appreciate its strengths then left alone it for years, yes. But a new one’s out soon and I guess something in it triggered dollar signs in TV exec’s eyes. Whether it’ll actually happen I don’t know, and whether it could possibly capture the kineticsm and stylish minimalism of the games I don’t know, but I can definitely imagine it in the TV listings.