The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Gearbox Entertainment’s series of WWII games Brothers in Arms (distributed by Ubisoft) will be getting a television series adaptation. The game developer has teamed up with Scott Rosenbaum, who will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the new series partnering with Randy Pitchford (CEO and Gearbox co-founder). Scott Rosenbaum’s credits include Queen of the South, sci-fi drama reboot V, and Gang Related.
Other producers include Jean-Julien Baronnet (Assassin’s Creed), Richard Whelan (Hobbs and Shaw), and Gearbox’s chief business officer Sean Haran.
Brothers in Arms is a first-person tactical shooter video game that had its first release back in 2005 and over 9 years it has delivered to ten games to fans of the franchise. The latest game was launched in December 2014. The game takes place during World War II, for the liberation of Western Europe from German armies.
Based on true historical events, the first season of Brothers in Arms is going to focus on a confidential operation called Exercise Tiger that went entirely wrong, and it was a kind of rehearsal for the D-Day missions.
It gives the war-based stories-fans goosebumps, as Gearbox’s CEO Randy Pitchford said:
PITCHFORD: “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”.
And also, a tone of respect for the military men and women, as the showrunner Scott Rosenbaum states:
ROSENBAUM: “The story we ended up using has never been dramatized on TV […] 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.”
The plot that was reportedly told it is that it is going to focus on an eight-man group who are going to rescue their colonel, focusing on the title’s brand – brotherhood.
Right now, they are looking for directors and the full production has not begun before they can close a deal with a network or streamer. It also means that they are not casting yet, but we will keep you updated as soon as they announce any updates on the project.