Cult favorite arcade racer Driver is returning to our screens soon, but not as a game. Instead the series is becoming a live-action TV show on a brand new streaming platform, called Binge.com.
Scheduled for launch in 2022, Binge.com is a streaming service aimed at gamers — and not to be confused with the Binge TV and movie streaming service exclusive to the Australian market. According to its blurb, Binge.com will feature “epic series and shows inspired by games”.
While traditionally not a harbinger of great content — Super Mario Bros, for example — there has been a push to turn games into movies in recent years that’s brought the average up a little. Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, was a decent effort, while Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog have their fans. We’ll gloss over Angry Birds Movie 2.
Ubisoft is hoping to follow that upward trend, and the signs are promising. The company’s senior vice-president for film and television, Jason Altman, will serve as executive producer, alongside Danielle Kreinik and Genevieve Jones, who both worked on the Charlie Day/Rob McElhenney video game industry comedy series Mythic Quest. Vincent Talenti (Fallout: Nuka Break) and Allan Ungar (Uncharted: Live Action Fan Film) will produce for Binge.com.
At the moment we don’t know who will star in the show, or even who the characters will be. The Driver series has, other than the best-forgotten Driver: Parallel Lines, always centered on the ex-racer-turned-fed John Tanner and his fight against organized crime. It seems likely the Driver TV series will follow a similar path, though we’ll need to wait for more detail.
Given that the original Driver was inspired by classic movie chases — something more overtly replicated in Driver San Francisco — it should make the transition well.
Binge.com launches in 2022, although we don’t know when Driver will first land on the platform.