The videogame Firewatch has sold nearly a million copies this year – and now it’s heading to the movies…
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Firewatch, 2016’s biggest entrant into videogaming’s growing ‘walking simulator’ genre, is now set to be adapted into a major motion picture.
This project is part of a deal between film production company Good Universe and Firewatch‘s developer Campo Santo, who are joining forces in order to create a subsidiary intended to connect filmmakers and game developers. The full extent of this collaboration is unknown, but Campo Santo founder Sean Vanaman did have this to say regarding the agreement.
“When we met Good Universe, we were floored by how they recognise, 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”.
The first thing the two parties plan to make is an adaptation of 2016’s Firewatch which has, thus far, been one of the most surprising video game hits of 2016. Firewatch follows a man named Henry who has decided to work as a fire lookout in Wyoming. When a mysterious occurrence attracts Henry’s attention and compels him to wander into the wilderness, he is soon drawn into an intriguing web of moral conflicts that must be navigated with the help of a supervisor he retains contact with through the use of a handheld radio.
The game has sold nearly one million copies and has been praised for its intelligent story, stunning visuals, and unique premise. Like many titles in this genre, it has also attracted a fair number of pundits who criticise Firewatch‘s lack of traditional gameplay.
That quality shouldn’t impact the film, but unfortunately, we do not know enough details about the planned Firewatch movie at this time to say with certainty how much of the in-game experience the movie will aim to retain. However, if the movie is to be a strict adaptation of the game, then there’s a good chance that Rich Sommer and Cissy Jones will reprise their leading roles.