The first Mirror’s Edge game was heavily criticised for its narrative, as critics and fans called it ‘weak’ and also ‘far too short’. And, while upcoming prequel Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is expected to do much better on that front, few fans are expecting its story, which pits protagonist Faith against several shady corporations, to knock anyone’s socks off.
So, based on that, it may seem unusual that a TV show based on the Mirror’s Edge universe is now in the works. Mirror’s Edge publisher EA is currently “exploring” the prospect of bringing the game world to television and is working with Endemol Shine Studios (the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America) to do so. Find out more after the break.
Mirror’s Edge TV Show Announced
According to Deadline, Endemol Shine Studios has acquired the rights to adapt the Mirror’s Edge franchise into a “female-centered action series.” Parent company Endemol Shine North America may be best known for producing reality TV shows The Biggest Loser and Big Brother but given that some of its scripted shows include the (award-winning) likes of The Tudors, Ugly Betty and The Office, the Mirror’s Edge franchise is likely in good hands.
Sharon Hall, President of Endemol Shine Studios says 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.” Speaking to engadget, an EA spokesperson adds that “we are excited to be working with Endemol Shine Studios to explore a potential Mirror’s Edge project for television.”
At this point, it is currently unclear who will play Mirror’s Edge protagonist Faith Connors or if she will be the star of the TV show at all. However, if Faith is the lead character in the scripted series, the project will likely live or die on whether Endemol and EA cast an Asian actor to play her.
Upcoming movies Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange have both come under fire for whitewashing Asian characters and if the Mirror’s Edge TV show is to avoid similar criticism and encourage fans of the video game series to watch it, then it will need to hire an Asian actor for the role.
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