Snoot Entertainment, Campo Santo developing Firewatch film adaptation
Campo Santo’s Firewatch was a surprise hit upon its 2016 release and after initially being set at Good Universe, the video game developer is partnering with Snoot Entertainment to develop a film adaptation of the title, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The game, first released on Mac, PC and PlayStation 4 in early 2016, is set in the Wyoming wilderness in 1989 and has players step into the shoes of Henry, a fire look out in the Shoshone National Forest. Connected to Henry’s supervisor, Delilah, via hand-held radio, players explore the surrounding woodlands as mysterious things begin happening to him and begin uncovering clues while communicating with Delilah to discuss the mystery and their own personal issues.
The film adaptation is set to be produced by Keith and Jesse Wu Calder for Snoot Entertainment, well-known for Blindspotting, Little Monsters and You’re Next, alongside Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin for Campo Santo.
“Firewatch is a stunning accomplishment, a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of art,” Keith Calder said in a statement. “I’m delighted that Sean and Jake are letting us ruin their perfect video game by turning it into a movie and/or TV show.”
A film adaptation was previously in the works at Good Universe, but following the production company begin acquired by Lionsgate, the rights to the property reverted to Campo Santo, though in his official statement Vanaman spoke kindly of the original studio.
“Jess and Keith are hard-working and visionary film producers with impeccable taste in video games,” Vanaman said in a statement.“Not unlike when we met Joe Drake and the team at Good Universe in 2016, we knew in our first conversation with Jess and Keith that they’d make great partners. We have no doubt in their expertise, their taste and their passion and assume that our experience as so-so game developers will make us first-rate producing partners.”