Despite the fact that there really hasn’t been a runaway hit for a video game for…well, ever…Hollywood still keeps mining the medium for gems. And why not. There are a lot of great stories in games. It’s just a matter of finding someone who understands why fans love a franchise to begin with and adapt that faithfully to the big screen. Like with comic books, filmmakers will eventually crack the code and get it to work. The next film coming up that we hope will turn the tide is Assassin’s Creed, but that is by no means the only one in the works.
Apart from your run-of-the-mill triple-A titles that are guaranteed to put butts in seats, Hollywood is also wisely looking at other newer, more indie properties. A couple months back we reported that Life Is Strange would be getting a film, and now, thanks to a report from THR, we’ve also learned that Firewatch will also be getting the Hollywood treatment.
According to the outlet, Good Universe is teaming up with the indie video game developer and publisher Camp Santo to bring Firewatch to the big screen. This will only be the first of numerous project however, as they also plan to create things that span both the video game and film genres.
Campo Santo founder Sean Vanaman had the following to say about the partnership:
“When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognize, cultivate and produce incredible stories. It's rare you meet another group that shares so many of your values and makes the process of creating things even more exciting. We can't wait to see what we make together.”
Good Universe co-founder Joe Drake stated:
"Finding extraordinary content is incredibly exciting, and with the Campo Santo team, we felt an immediate simpatico with their utterly beguiling storytelling and amazing creative instincts.”
In recent years, video games have definitely taken a bit of a turn. We now have a mountain of games that feel an awful lot like novels more than they feel like video games. Given how difficult it’s been for Hollywood to adapt these projects in the past, it seems fitting that they’d go for these more story-based games that have far more in common with the film medium than, say, Super Mario Bros.
All in all, while the name Firewatch may not resonate with a lot of non-gamers, given the style of the game itself, it’s well-suited for a transition to film, and I’m optimistic that this could be a good movie when all said and done.
What about you? Have you had a chance to play the game, and if so, do you think it’d make a good movie? Let us know your thoughts down below.
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