The classic racing series Driver, currently owned by Ubisoft, is getting an unexpected revival in the form of a live-action TV show.
The Driver TV series, which will air on the upcoming streaming platform Bing, will focus on “Undercover Agent” ex-racecar driver John Tanner, whose mission is to take down [a] Local Crime Syndicate,” Ubisoft explained in a press release. We don’t have casting or additional details yet, but Bing’s Alan Unger has “detailed plans to deliver an original, premium, and rich storytelling experience that fans can enjoy.” and will take newcomers to a thrilling ride.”
We haven’t seen anything from Driver since 2014’s Driver: Speedboat Paradise mobile game, and before that, the 2011 Nintendo 3DS exclusive Driver: Renegade 3D. That said, most fans will remember the series for its final full-fat installment: Happily Weird Driver: San Francisco, which combined an abstract story with a fun shift mechanic that lets you hop between vehicles.
Racing games are usually framed by a pretty standard story about proving yourself as a racer, but the Driver series always has a bit of a bite to the narrative that makes it stand out – another game. Name the one that puts you in the shoes of a coma Driver is living it out in an extended dream—so, at first blush, it seems like a good choice for a live-action adaptation.
The Driver series, a newly announced service dedicated to gaming adaptation, will be free to stream on Binge. Announced during E3 2021, the subscription-free platform is still finalizing its launch roadmap.
Both the Binge and Driver series will arrive in 2022.
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