Firewatch Movie Is Hollywood's Next Video Game Adaptation

A movie based on Campo Santo’s adventure game Firewatch is in the works. It’s being produced by Snoot Entertainment, the indie publishing label behind Blindspotting, Little Monsters, and others.

Snoot Entertainment co-founders Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder will serve as producers. Campo Santo co-founders Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman will also produce. No other details, such as casting announcements or tentative release window, have been revealed.

Firewatch is the title that put Campo Santo, an indie studio comprised of former Telltale Games developers, on the map. Set in 1989 Wyoming, Firewatch follows the fire lookout Henry as he builds a complicated relationship with his ever-distant supervisor Delilah. Strange things start happening in the forests, and it’s up to Delilah and Henry to uncover the truth behind the unsettling occurrences.

The Calder’s briefly spoke of their Firewatch adoration with The Hollywood Reporter, saying they’re excited to bring it to the big screen.

“Firewatch is a stunning accomplishment, a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of art,” Calder said. “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.”

“Jess and Keith are hard-working and visionary film producers with impeccable taste in video games,” Vanaman said. “Not unlike when we met Joe Drake and the team at Good Universe [a California-based film production company behind The Disaster Artist] 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 producer partners.”

Launched in 2016 and selling over one million copies before the end of the year, Firewatch debuted to critical acclaim and copious accolades. GameSpot’s Firewatch review scored the game a 7/10. Campo Santo’s next game, In the Valley of Gods, was put on hold following the acquisition by Half-Life: Alyx developer Valve in 2018.

This isn’t the first report of Firewatch getting the movie treatment. Back in 2016, THR reported that Campo Santo and Good Universe reached a deal to adapt the game to the movie screen. This new announcement seems to solidify this years-old partnership.

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