Gearbox Announces Brothers in Arms TV Series in Development
Video game developer Gearbox Software has revealed that six-hear dormant franchise Brothers in Arms is coming back to life in a new fashion as it has begun development on a TV series adaptation of the first-person shooter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series, which will be based on the truth-inspired World War II game franchise and showrun by Scott Rosenbaum (Queen of the South), will see its first season focus on the previously-classified true story of Exercise Tiger, a rehearsal D-Day that went disastrously wrong and will focus on eight men who must rescue their colonel from Axis powers before the enemy can learn of their D-Day plans.
“The story we ended up using has never been dramatized on TV,” Rosenbaum said. “Almost 800 U.S. servicemen were killed and it had to be covered up because the Allies were preparing for the real Normandy invasion. What I liked and hadn’t seen before, is we explore German soldiers and civilians and those in high command on both sides. We meet all these real people and see the effect and the big puzzle.“
In addition to showrunning, Rosenbaum is set to executive produce the series alongside Gearbox co-founder and CEO Randy Pitchford, while Jean-Julien Baronnet (Assassin’s Creed), Richard Whelan (Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw) and Sean Haran (Chief Business Officer, Gearbox Entertainment) will serve as producers.
“I love the stories we told in the games, and we do have more stories to tell, but a TV show lets us explore this subject matter and the effect on the relationships and people in broader ways,” Pitchford told THR.
The game franchise began in 2005 with Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, which centered on a group of paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day and based on the true events of the Mission Albany of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. Its success on the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC helped launch seven sequels, the last being 2014’s Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War for mobile platforms.
Though a full production hasn’t begun on the series given world events, the team reports they are “actively looking for directors” and are in search of an “ambitious” broadcast partner that will align with the developer’s plans for the series.