Mirror's Edge making the leap to television

Endemol Shine Studios sees Mirror's Edge 'as a franchise for the global TV audience.'


Mirror's Edge has made quite the triumphant return. Initially believed to be a one-and-done game following high scores but disappointing sales results, the series has expanded to include another game, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, and now a television show per a report from Deadline.

Endemol Shine Studios worked with Mirror's Edge developer DICE and publisher Electronic Arts to secure the rights to the series, and will adapt it as a female-centered action show. Sharon Hall, president of Endemol Shine, said that "We clearly see Mirror’s Edge as a franchise for the global TV audience. 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."

The games seem ripe for conversion into an action-packed show. Set in a dystopian society, both games star Faith, a "runner" who carries messages and other sensitive information between contacts while ducking government agents. Mirror's Edge played up parkour movement, giving players abilities to let them flow seamlessly from platform to ledge to rooftop.

More information on the show will be revealed as Endemol ramps up preproduction and looks to cast its starring role. In the meantime, look forward to Mirror's Edge: Catalyst on June 7.

Editor's opinion: As I see it, vistas and choreography will make or break this show. Not only did the original game play well (we don't yet know how Catalyst will handle), it was a visual stunner. Both components need to come together for a television series to work.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    May 25, 2016 2:15 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Mirror's Edge making the leap to television

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      May 25, 2016 2:47 PM

      I could see it working as a TV show. I'd also love to see a well made Deus Ex movie, that would be incredible.

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        May 25, 2016 8:17 PM

        The budget would kill it (Mirror's Edge). I don't think you could do it convincingly for a good price. The production company mentioned in the article only has 1 TV show that isn't reality show and that's Hell on Wheels. Good show honestly, but again, I think you have to have a good budget, a really good actress to carry the show who somewhat looks like / somewhat acts like / somewhat performs like (with movie magic help) Faith. Gonna be hard.

        They'll probably produce a pilot that doesn't get picked up. Good luck though. It's an interesting concept.

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          May 25, 2016 8:29 PM

          Yeah, I looked into the production company as well as I wasn't familiar with their name, that they only have one fully scripted show isn't encouraging.

          Still, while I wasn't much a fan of the writing on Hell on Wheels, at least the first season had the looks of something with budget.

          Still, Mirror's Edge is a tough sell in so many ways, as you said, so much of it is pinned on getting an amazing lead actress plus they need both a decent effects budget for exterior/window shots and an amazing set design team to redress, reuse, and "connect" a handful of set rooms and hallways in interesting new ways, much like a full on scifi show.

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      May 25, 2016 9:37 PM

      Seems like the perfect material to convert to a TV series, but as has been said, it all rests on the budget. It has a specific look that'll need to be emulated, otherwise it won't be Mirrors Edge.

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