ALAN WAKE ON TV
Alan Wake makes its way to the small screen with its own TV series
Remedy Entertainment’s Sam Lake has always been vocal about his aspirations to continue the story of Alan Wake, setting firmly in people’s minds the idea that a sequel to the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller would one day emerge. But as the years went by the studio worked on other games and although a short Alan Wake spin-off called American Nightmare surfaced, a full sequel never arrived.
Eight years later and a shining torch light pierces the darkness as it was announced to Variety recently that Remedy would be joining forces with film and television production company Contradiction Films to develop a television series based on the franchise.
Not only that but writer and producer Peter Calloway, who has worked on TV series Cloak & Dagger and Legion, has been signed on as the series showrunner and writer, while Remedy’s very own Sam Lake will take the role of executive producer. Combine this with the fact that Contradiction Films has prior experience when it comes to adapting based on games for TV and it seems we may be on to a winner.
Everything else is currently in the early stages so details are light on the ground. There’s been no mention of cast just yet, but the company will begin circulating Calloway’s pitch to studios this month.
Alan Wake was originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2010. You play as the titular character, a bestselling thriller author suffering from writer’s block. To try and get the creative juices flowing Alan’s wife, Alice, plans a trip for the both of them to the sleepy town of Bright Falls. Strange things begin to happen and Alice is kidnapped. What started as an innocent trip turns into a rescue mission. The game has always been described as a mix of different influences, including Stephen King and Twin Peaks, so a TV series feels natural for the franchise.
Remedy is no stranger to using liveaction within its games. Max Payne’s cutscenes were created using Sam Lake’s likeness for the main character,
Alan Wake was structured like a television show, and Quantum Break actually included live-action episodes after each of the five acts in the game. It seems an Alan Wake TV series wasn’t really a matter of if, but when.
But this isn’t the first time a TV series has been developed for the game. A six-part prequel miniseries aired online, leading up to the release of Alan Wake, called Bright Falls. Each live-action episode ran between five and ten minutes and centred on a reporter, Jake Fischer, who goes to Bright Falls to conduct an interview with a psychiatrist about his new book but gets caught up in bizarre events.
We’re seeing more TV series being made for existing videogames franchises. There’s Halo, The
Witcher and now this. The history of videogame adaptations is shaky at the best of times so we’ve got our fingers crossed that everyone involved can pull this off.
“It seems an Alan Wake TV series wasn’t really a matter of if, but when”
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