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Post by Dan @ 11:43am 09/10/12 | 4 Comments
Film and TV blog Deadline is reporting (thanks Kotaku) that Fox Broadcasting, and production company Happy Madison are developing a Bad Company TV series, based on the characters from the 2008 EA Dice game battlefield: Bad Company (AusGamers 9.0/10)) :
Written by Eisendrath, Bad Company features the main characters from the game. It follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. But trouble is never far behind as they realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks. Eisendrath is executive producing with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson and EA’s Patrick Bach and Patrick O’Brien.

Part of EA’s Battlefield series, Battlefield: Bad Company, a single-player campaign that drops gamers behind enemy lines, was released in 2008 and spawned a sequel two years later. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the story’s humor as well as the game’s technical aspects.
Given that the report doesn't explicitly indicate otherwise, we're presuming the series will be a live action comedic drama, as opposed to an animated series.

The games were quite obviously inspired by films like Three Kings, Kelly's Heroes, and The A-Team, but the game's characters Privates Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard and Sergeant Redford were well crafted and memorable in their own right, so it will be interesting to see how they make their transition to film.

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Posted 02:38pm 09/10/12
Once again, it's an idea which could be a good TV show however I have no faith of that being the case if it's on network TV. Writing and execution for a concept like this is too hard to do properly on a normal TV schedule. Name one series on network TV that has ever done what this would need to be?

It's the sort of thing they need to put on cable, or at least treat it like a cable series. Write a lot of it in advance, go off and film for many months, have good production design and action. Something like a Generation Kill or Band of Brothers style production. It needs to be done on a Cable TV model.
Posted 03:42pm 09/10/12
I dunno, occasionally the regular networks can do something ok. FOX in particular has had a few nuggets among the filler over the years that run counter to that sentiment. X-Files, first couple of seasons of 24, and others that had promise but met untimely ends like Firefly and Terminator.

The producers are the bigger doubt IMO, has anyone here found anything Happy Madison has ever produced to be even above average?
Posted 03:59pm 09/10/12
Being Fox, it'll surely get cancelled, regardless of its popularity.
Posted 01:09am 10/10/12
@Dan something like terminator is a good example of why this won't work. For the record I enjoyed that series despite it's flaws. I think it wrapped up the two seasons really nicely. The cliff hanger was a new story line so I didn't find it unsatisfying.

The thing is, you think, TERMINATOR the series how awesome! But then there's not lots of actions, it's all quite small compared to what it could be. In cities, suburbs warehouses ect.

For this you want big explosions, car chases, lots of elaborate fights, varied locations. You don't necessarily wan't it to just be Burn Notice crossed with Leverage and Chuck. You want bigger. Although those are/were all good shows for TV action and teams.

The best action series on all TV is the cable series Spartacus. What they are doing on that, especially the last season is insane for tv. The upcoming season looks to blow that out of the water. However it's shot like a movie 10 months in advance. It's also not comparable because it's period set and a lot of green screen. However it delivers big scale movie quality action in a TV format. You need that kind of commitment for this.

Just look at how varied the locations in BC2 was. How big the plot was. That on TV would be awesome!

Also this is Happy Middison. They don't have a good TV track record. They recently did Breaking In, which was an amusing enough first season. For the second season they retooled the show and it was god awful.

All said there's a strong chance I could quite like this show.
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