According to a report on The Hollywood Reporter, the production company Good Universe has teamed up with Campo Santo (the studio behind the game Firewatch), to make content for films and video games. Their first project will be a film based on…you guessed it…Firewatch. The direction the adaptation will be taken in, as well as a suggested production/release timeline, are obviously unclear at the moment, but we already have several ideas about what they should do with the adaptation.
For starters, the plot could do with a lot more depth. When the game released earlier this year, fans were on opposite sides of the fence when it came to the story. While some were impressed by the plot, others (myself included) thought it missed the mark. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful, and well thought out, but as soon as everything that was presented started to unravel, it soured the opinions of a lot of people. For a genre (adventure) that is so dependent on players being both mesmerized by the setting (A+ in this area), and invested in the story, the way the game ended felt like a missed opportunity.
Without diving too deep into spoiler territory, many of the game’s plot points were basically ignored, and had no bearing on the conclusion. If you’re unfamiliar, Firewatch follows a fire lookout named Henry (Rich Sommer), and his supervisor Delilah (Cissy Jones) – with whom Henry only corresponded over walkie talkie. A month after Henry takes the job, the duo start to experience mysterious events.
I would personally like to see the conspiracy/mystery theme taken further. The wild goose chase Henry spends the majority of the game on came to a jarring halt, so it would really benefit from a film treatment if the ending holds more weight. If they tease the game’s events out a bit more, and incorporate it into the finale, we could have something pretty special on our hands.
Are you excited for a Firewatch film? What did you think of the game when it came out? Let us know in the comments below!
Image: Campo Santo