The idea of making a film came from a script that writer Kazushige Nojima wanted to make about Cloud and Tifa and thd kids. At the time of this idea, Visual Works was working on a Final Fantasy VII themed presentation and called in help from the Square Enix researcn and development team. Since Visual Works had helped Square in the past with The Spirits Within, the idea of moving forward with a film had begun.

Square Enix has put together a very talented team to help create this CG movie. With the help of Visual Works, who has helped with The Spirits Within. Since the movie is roughly a sequal to the original Final Fantasy VII, most of the original FFVII Staff are involved in the project, as well. Below is a list of the development team along with some of their past work.

Director: Tetsuya Nomura
Character designer, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X
Character design and Battle Visual Director, Final Fantasy VIII
Main Character Designer, Final Fantasy X-2;
Director, Kingdom Hearts

Associate-Director: Takeshi Nozue
CG Designer, Final Fantasy IX; Animation Director, Final Fantasy X

Producer: Yoshinori Kitase
Director, Final Fantasy X

Co-Producer: Shinji Hashimoto
Producer, Final Fantasy VIII

Writer: Kazushige Nojima
Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2—and the Kingdom Hearts series.

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Composer and Producer, Entire FF Series Music

Takahiro Sakurai (Cloud)
Kenichi Suzumura (Zack)
Ayumi Ito (Tifa)
Showtaro Morikubo (Kadaj)
Maaya Sakamoto (Aerith)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Sephiroth)
Shōgo Suzuki (Vincent)