With SyFy enjoying success with the launch of its MMORPG/television series "Defiance," it was only a matter of time before similar ventures were explored.
Deadline reports that director Baltasar Kormakur ("Contraband" and the upcoming "2 Guns") is angling towards bringing "EVE Online," a space faring science fiction MMORPG with over 10 years of enduring international popularity. The game, set 21000 years in the future, explores the rivalry between societies that arise when humanity begins to colonize deep space.
The news comes on the heels of the MMORPG's annual Fanfest, held over the weekend in Iceland and culminating with the developer's confirming their intent to continue to explore "EVE"'s universe in comic books and television.
The multi-player science fiction game includes a massive subscriber base of over 500,000 players, recorded just two months after the release of its latest version, entitled "Retribution." Torfi Frans Olafsson, creative director of EVE, explained his intent for the endeavor to not just utilize its subscriber base as a captive audience, but also as a source for compelling stories to be explored. "My goal is to expand the EVE universe, and I’m not just talking about the races, and the lore, and the stories generated by our own writers, but to take the exciting stuff that’s been happening for the past decade on our service and make more of it. To build comic books, books, film, television series, based on the actions of our players, rather than made-up stories made by writers," he explained. "We think this is a far more interesting approach."
Kormakur, currently filming the upcoming HBO pilot "The Missionary, agreed, saying in a taped statement to the Fanfest attendees, "We intend to honor the game, and honor the players."