Cult horror hit Alan Wake is making its way into the world of TV, it’s been revealed, with a show based on the insomniac’s adventures in the works.
The news arrived via Variety, which reported Peter Calloway – of Cloak & Dagger and Legion – had signed on to the A. Wake (ha ha ha) project as showrunner and writer. Remedy bigwig and original Max Payne face Sam Lake is tied to the project as executive producer, so the studio itself is maintaining a hands-on approach to things.
Contradiction Films is set to handle the project, which is yet to be pitched to networks – but is said to have interest already. Partner at the company Tomas Harlan spoke to Variety, saying: “Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game. That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Secret Window,’ Hitchcock, ‘Northern Exposure,’ a lot of U.S. television... We plan to work closely with Sam on our this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.”
Lake also spoke to the outlet, saying: “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.
“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.”
This all comes as part of Remedy’s push to diversify its output, with the studio recently announcing a new internal dev team focused on ‘ongoing multiplayer experiences’. At the same time, it is still bringing titles like Control – very much story-focused and single-player – to market. It seems there isn’t much changing about Remedy; it’s just adding a good deal more to its wheelhouse.