Way back in 2016 Firewatch developers Campo Santo partnered with the film company Good Universe to create a film based on the hit game.
Campo Santo’s founder Sean Vanaman spoke about the deal and said “When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognize, cultivate and produce incredible stories. It’s rare you meet another group that shares so many of your values and makes the process of creating things even more exciting. We can’t wait to see what we make together.”
Like many video game to movie adaptions the project hit some problems, Good Universe were subsequently sold to Lionsgate and the project was halted with the rights returning to Campo Santo thereafter. Campo Santo themselves were then bought by Valve and the last we heard the Firewatch sequel, Valley of Gods, had met the same fate as a many other Valve projects. Valve’s internal structure means that developers flip between projects at a whim and it seems the members of the Campo Santo team saw something else sparkly and went to work on that instead, we probably won’t ever see Valley of the Gods, nor indeed the sparkly thing, because a more sparkly thing will come along and they’ll go work on that instead.
Anyway, back to the film which is back on – probably – it might turn out to be a TV show instead. Indie film production company Snoot Entertainment is now working with Campo Santo to create the new media.
“Firewatch is a stunning accomplishment, a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of art,” said Keith Calder from Snoot. “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.”
One can’t help think that they may have missed the boat on this one. Firewatch was a great game but it’s going to be at least five years old by the time the TV show / film debuts and it was a small indie title, it was pleasant enough at the time but I don’t think many people regard it as classic.