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Snoot Entertainment— the indie production banner behind features like Blindspotting and Little Monsters— is partnering with indie video game developer Campo Santo for a feature film adaptation of Firewatch.
Set in the Wyoming wilderness in 1989, the story centers on a fire lookout named Henry, connected via hand-held radio to his supervisor, Delilah. Henry ventures from his mountain top into the unknown terrain below uncovering clues about a mysterious occurrence while facing challenging personal choices.
The critically acclaimed game was released in February 2016, and since has sold over 2.5 million copies. Firewatch was previously being developed by Good Universe, but when the company sold to Lionsgate right reverted back to Campo Santo.
Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder will produce for Snoot Entertainment, which will next debut Regina King directorial debut One Night in Miami at TIFF. Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin will produce for Campo Santo
“Firewatch is a stunning accomplishment, a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of art,” said Calder. “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.”
“Jess and Keith are hard-working and visionary film producers with impeccable taste in video games,” added Vanaman.“Not unlike when we met Joe Drake and the team at Good Universe in 2016, we knew in our first conversation with Jess and Keith that they’d make great partners. We have no doubt in their expertise, their taste and their passion and assume that our experience as so-so game developers will make us first-rate producing partners.”
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