Campo Santo, the indie developer behind first-person hit Firewatch, has struck a deal with Good Universe to foster content across both feature films and video games.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that it is Firewatch that will be the first project to be repackaged for the big screen. Rooted in the Wyoming wilderness of ’89, the mystery crime thriller places players in the boots of Henry, a grieving fire lookout who makes tracks for the Shoshone National Forest fire soon after his ailing wife, Julia, develops early signs of dementia.
Featuring a poignant, touching story at its core, it’s really the dynamic between Henry and Delilah that anchors Firewatch from the outset, as the twosome set about uncovering a strange disturbance deep in the forest. Influenced by adventure thrillers in the vein of Zodiac, The Shining, The Conversation, Campo’s debut title certainly touts all of the cinematic qualities one would expect from an edge-of-your-seat thriller.
No casting or release date was announced at this time, but in crafting its maiden title, Campo Santo enlisted notable talent during development, welcoming The Walking Dead‘s Cissy Jones and Mad Men‘s Rich Sommer in the roles of Delilah and Henry, respectively, while celebrated artist Olly Moss was responsible for much of the game’s striking aesthetic.
“When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognize, cultivate and produce incredible stories. It’s rare you meet another group that shares so many of your values and makes the process of creating things even more exciting. We can’t wait to see what we make together,” said Campo Santo founder Sean Vanaman.
Firewatch first touched down on PlayStation 4 and PC towards the beginning of the year, before being ported to Xbox One replete with an insightful commentary mode.