Firewatch Movie Adaptation In The Works (VIDEO)
When it comes to big-screen ventures, video game adaptations have quickly become a vast source of material as of late, with productions based on the likes of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted, NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat, and Capcom’s Monster Hunter moving forward in the last few months alone. The sky appears to be the limit regarding the next few years of video game movies and while the jury’s still out for a few of these upcoming projects, there’s sure to be no shortage of excitement for whatever may be announced in the future. The next to get the feature film treatment has now been revealed to be Campo Santo’s popular indie title Firewatch.
Revealed by THR, production company Snoot Entertainment is now set to adapt the events of Firewatch into a major motion picture, following the game’s protagonist Henry as he explores a mystery as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Campo Santo devs Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin are set to produce the project along with Snoot’s Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder.”Firewatch is a stunning accomplishment, a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of art,” said Calder in a statement. “I’m delighted that Sean and Jake are letting us ruin their perfect video game by turning it into a movie and/or TV show.”
As Firewatch is a heavily narrative-based adventure, a film adaptation wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary to see on the big screen. Considering the story’s intriguing mystery-based premise, Snoot Entertainment would seem to be pretty fitting, as the company has become relatively well-versed in producing offbeat thrillers such as 2019’s Little Monsters, 2018’s Blindspotting, as well as 2014’s The Guest. THR notes a Firewatch movie was previously underway by Good Universe back in 2016, but the effort was scrapped after the company was acquired by Lionsgate and the rights reverted back to Campo Santo.
“Jess and Keith are hard-working and visionary film producers with impeccable taste in video games,” Campo Santo’s Sean Vanaman said. “Not unlike when we met Joe Drake and the team at Good Universe in 2016, we knew in our first conversation with Jess and Keith that they’d make great partners. We have no doubt in their expertise, their taste and their passion and assume that our experience as so-so game developers will make us first-rate producing partners.”
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