Firewatch, Campo Santo’s walking simulator/interactive drama released earlier this year, is being made into a movie thanks to a partnership between the studio and film production company Good Universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Campo Santo and Good Universe are partnering to “develop content for both video games and feature films,” with the Firewatch movie being their first project. Telling the story of Henry, a lonely park ranger, and Delilah, his supervisor via walkie-talkie, as they confront mysterious disappearances in a Wyoming forest, Firewatch was the first game created by the indie studio. In my review of the game in February, I said that despite a disappointing final act, Firewatch is one of the finest examples of interactive narrative fiction in recent memory.
As for Good Universe, the studio has had a hand in producing a lot of comedies, such as Bad Neighbours, The Night Before and Last Vegas, as well as some more obscure thrillers like Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy and the recent horror sensation Don’t Breathe.
Very few details have been given with regards to the adaptation, but members of both Campo Santo and Good Universe had nothing but high praise for their new partners.
“When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognise, cultivate and produce incredible stories,” said Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman. “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’s co-founder, Joe Drake, said: “”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.”
No details yet as to a release window, so the film is most likely a while away. But it will be interesting to see what an adaptation of a smaller, independent video game will be like compared to the usual films made from higher profile franchises such as Resident Evil, Warcraft or the upcoming Assassin’s Creed. We’ll just have to wait and see.