Developer Campo Santo recently revealed a partnership with production house Good Universe (Neighbors and Last Vegas) to make a movie based on the indie game about a fire lookout in a Wyoming forest. It seems then that the physical photographs won’t be the only thing from the game making their way into the real world.
“When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognize, cultivate and produce incredible stories,” Campo Santo founder Sean Vanaman said. “It’s rare you meet another group that shares so many of your values and makes the process of creating things even more exciting.”
This news came as quite the surprise given that film adaptations of video games tend to choose multi-million dollar, blockbuster projects like the recent Warcraft Movie and and the Tomb Raider franchise. While a financial and critical success, Firewatch is comparatively smaller than some of the previous video game franchises that films that have been optioned from.
Firewatch, which tells the story of a firewatcher in the fictional Shoshone National Forest in the summer of 1989, was widely praised for its emotional depth and innovative design, drawing from the text adventures of the period as well as more modern game technology. Mad Men actor Rich Sommer played the lead, while video game veteran Cissy Jones voiced Delilah, the unseen firewatcher stationed at another tower that Henry forms a tenuous friendship with.
There is currently no timetable for the Firewatch movie to begin production or any creative team attached at this point.