We throw around the term “cinematic” a lot when we talk about games, but Firewatch makes a pretty good case for it, with its lush color palette highly regarded sound design. It seems someone in Hollywood thought so too, because Firewatch developer Campo Santo is joining up with indie production company Good Universe to bring the game to the big screen.
Hollywood Reporter notes this as the first of several projects the two companies plan to undertake together, approaching properties from both a film and interactive media end. There are as yet no details on the Firewatch film’s cast, crew, budget, or release window — and would Good Universe be as daring as to retain the game’s first-person perspective? Who knows. But it’s nice to see adaptation rights get optioned for games besides the usual, bombastic triple-A fare. (Or Tetris.)
“When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognize, cultivate and produce incredible stories,” Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman said in a statement. “It’s rare [that] 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 served as production company behind the Neighbors series of comedy films and James Franco’s The Masterpiece, a dramatic retelling of the production of Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic The Room. The company is also listed as an uncredited co-production partner on Ghost House Pictures’ Don’t Breathe, currently in theaters.
Firewatch tells the story of an isolated fire lookout in Shoshone National Forest who works to unmask the shadowy figure seen stalking him and ransacking his lookout tower. There’s a bit more to it than that — including a growing forest fire and some missing campers — but you can see how it would adapt easily to a low-budget, independent film, while still retaining its distinctive look and feel.
“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,” said Good Universe co-founder Joseph Drake, who acts as a partner with Ghost House Pictures and previously served as president of Lionsgate.
You can expect to hear more about Good Universe and Campo Santo’s other, post-Firewatch game/film collaborations down the line as well.
(h/t Hollywood Reporter.)