Contradiction Films and Remedy Entertainment have revealed that there is a live-action Alan Wake TV show in the works. The project has signed Peter Calloway (“Legion,” “Cloak and Dagger”) as showrunner and writer.
The news comes via an exclusive from Variety, in which Contradiction Partner Tom Harlan revealed that the team will start shopping the show around in October. There’s reportedly been interest from a number of studios already.
Alan Wake is a 2010 story-driven game in which a writer moves to a small town in order to cure his writer’s block. Things quickly get spooky, and the game turns into a Twilight Zone-inspired supernatural thriller. The live-action TV show will be heavily inspired by the game, but won’t be the same story beat for beat, as explained by Alan Wake creator Sam Lake:
The story of the original game is our starting point, the seed which will grow into the bigger story we’re exploring in the show. We’ll be expanding the lore of this crazy and dark universe and diving deeper into certain aspects of it than the game ever did.
Lake will work closely with the TV show heads to ensure the show fits the feel of the game, and will be injecting ideas from the unreleased second Alan Wake game for continuity. It looks like Lake is using the TV show as a possible testing bed to convince a publisher to take a chance on a second game, as currently, there is no official news on a sequel.