Contradiction Films is working with Remedy Entertainment and Sam Lake to develop a television adaptation of Alan Wake.
According to Variety (via IGN), Lake is signed on as an executive producer and Peter Calloway, whose previous work as a writer includes episodes of Legion, Cloak & Dagger, and Under the Dome, is signed on as showrunner. Contradiction Films is best known for the Mortal Kombat Legacy web series and two feature-length Dead Rising adaptations that streamed on Crackle.
Contradiction and Calloway are planning to pitch the show to networks in October, so it’s far from a done deal, though there is reportedly interest from several studios so far.
As far as how closely the TV series will stick to the plot of the game, Lake said that 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.”
What’s really interesting is that it sounds like story elements that Lake had been working on for a sequel might make their way into the TV show, stating that “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.”
In some ways, Alan Wake seems like a natural fit for TV, considering its episodic structure and its similarities to shows like Twilight Zone, Northern Exposure, and Twin Peaks. More and more, Remedy’s been blurring the lines between games and traditional episodic narratives, especially in Quantum Break. Lake recently revealed that sequels for both games would depend on Microsoft, as the publisher owns the titles’ IP rights, though apparently that doesn’t extend to TV adaptations.
Besides adapting arguably its best game into a TV show, Remedy Entertainment is also working on Control, which is set to launch in 2019, and new multiplayer titles through its Vanguard development team.