Like Remedy’s upcoming psychological thriller Control, this next piece of news isn’t exactly a new game for Alan Wake fans, but it’s the next best thing (or even better, if that’s your thing).
As reported by Variety, an Alan Wake television series is in development, with Peter Calloway (Legion, Cloak and Dagger) having signed on as the writer and showrunner. In addition, Remedy’s own Sam Lake (with his Max Payne sneer) is on board as executive producer. Contradiction Films partner Tomas Harlan is planning to shop the show around in October.
Oh deer! Drinking coffee from this thermos I found in the forest the other day, and reading a @Variety article by @crecenteb on #AlanWake TV SHOW!!!! I need to call @PeteCalloway pic.twitter.com/RmCrkiFsJf
— Sam Lake (@SamLakeRMD) September 12, 2018
Lake has always had ambitions for the original game, even beyond the sequel that never came. Of course, now that the show has come to fruition, the next question is just how heavily the show will adhere to the game. Alan Wake leaned heavily on an episodic nature in pacing and its structure, which is a no-brainer for the show to use. That being said, Tomas Harlan says that the show won’t be in “lockstep” with the game.
“I think it’s important to embrace those characters and to bring Alan Wake to where he was [in the video game,]” Harlan said. “We can’t start the show off where he is fully functioning, running through the forest, taking down lumberjacks.”
However, Sam Lake says that the show might lift some ideas from the unreleased second game. “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. Not only that, but through the years we’ve worked on multiple game concepts and stories for Alan Wake’s world that have never seen the light of day. All of this material will function as potential source material for the show.”
If this isn’t exciting for video game fans (on top of Henry Cavill as Geralt in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, and of course Castlevania‘s upcoming second season), then I don’t know what is.