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Alan Wake is com­ing to a TV near you.

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Pe­ter Cal­loway, a writer who has worked on Marvel spin-offs Le­gion and Cloak & Dag­ger, is de­vel­op­ing a TV se­ries based on Alan Wake. Rem­edy’s psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror game was writ­ten and di­rected by the stu­dio’s cre­ative di­rec­tor, Sam Lake, who will serve as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the se­ries.

“Alan Wake was ba­si­cally a TV se­ries that was put into a game,” says To­mas Har­lan from Con­tra­dic­tion Films, the se­ries’ pro­duc­tion com­pany, in an in­ter­view with Va­ri­ety. “That was Sam’s vi­sion. It was in­flu­enced by The Twi­light Zone, North­ern Ex­po­sure, Twin Peaks. A lot of US TV. We plan to work closely with him on this. It’s his vi­sion.”

Con­tra­dic­tion has sug­gested that we’ll be spend­ing time with Alan be­fore hor­rors start in­vad­ing his life. “We can’t just start the show with him fully formed, run­ning through the for­est tak­ing down lum­ber­jacks,” says Har­lan. “But the story will be in lock­step with the game.”

Else­where, The Witcher TV se­ries is tak­ing shape. Henry Cav­ill has been cast as Ger­alt, while Freya Al­lan will play Ciri. Writer Lauren S. His­s­rich has also con­firmed it will be shot in eastern Eu­rope, which should pro­vide an au­then­tic back­drop for the Pol­ish story.

Small screen

The show will fol­low An­drzej Sap­kowski’s nov­els more closely than the games, but To­masz Ba­gin­ski, a cin­e­matic di­rec­tor on all three Witcher games, will be di­rect­ing at least one episode of the se­ries.

Movies based on videogames are fa­mously bad, but maybe the trans­la­tion to TV will work bet­ter. Alan Wake is an un­ex­pected choice, but with Sam Lake be­ing in­volved in its cre­ation, it should be at least faith­ful to the source ma­te­rial.

“AlanWake was ba­si­cally a TV se­ries that wa s put into a game”

The Alan Wake se­ries is set to ex­pand on Rem­edy’s dark world.

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