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WIRE Buzz: Firewatch movie gets lit; John Wick's Chad Stahelski to direct Arcana; more

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Aug 17, 2020, 9:55 PM EDT

If you're in search of a "breath of fresh air" in Hollywood's upcoming slate of movie adaptations of video games, then you're in luck, because Firewatch is the latest title to make the leap to the big screen.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the critically acclaimed video game will be adapted into a feature film by indie production house Snoot Entertainment (BlindspottingLittle Monsters), who are partnering with Campo Santo, the indie developers behind the 2016 video game, which has sold over 2.5 million copies.

This isn't the first time a studio has tried to take on an adaptation of the single-player narrative, with Good Universe having previously worked on developing a film, only to have the rights revert back to Campo Santo when the production company was sold to Lionsgate.

Firewatch is set in 1989 and revolves around Henry, a fire lookout trying to escape his troubles as he explores the Wyoming wilderness on his own while facing tough personal choices and investigating mysterious clues as to a strange occurrence — all while keeping in touch with his supervisor, Delilah, over the walkie-talkie.

Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder will produce, alongside Campo Santo's Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin.

“Firewatch is a stunning accomplishment, a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of art,” said Calder in a statement (via THR). “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.”

There is no news on when Firewatch is expected to go into production, but the game is currently available to play on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

Moving from a dog-loving assassin to magical clans, John Wick helmer Chad Stahelski will be settling into the director's chair for Arcana, a spec script by Michael Finch (Hitman: Agent 47) and Alex Litvak (Predators) currently in development.

According to Deadline, the film is "a gritty urban fantasy set in the hidden world of magical clans."

Stahelski is currently working on the fourth John Wick movie, which will immediately be followed by shooting the fifth. Keanu Reeves (Bill & Ted Face the Music), who plays the titular assassin in the popular blockbuster series, is currently in production for Matrix 4

87Eleven Entertainment's Jason Spitz and Alex Young will produce alongside Stahelski. Finch and Litvak will serve as executive producers on the project. 

Following the leads of Jurassic World: Dominion and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsSony's Cinderella movie has now resumed shooting as well. 

Deadline reports that the upcoming re-imagining of the popular fairy tale has once again resumed filming outside of London, with shooting expected to continue to the end of September, as the production team feels safe enough to proceed.

The cast and crew are taking plenty of precautions, with extensive COVID-19 testing happening daily, along with the use of safety training seminars, social distancing, contact tracing, and thorough daily disinfection. There is also very little intermingling between different departments, with all the actors and crew currently residing in separate apartments and using masks during rehearsals right until it's time to begin filming. (Deadline reports that a bulk of the crowd scenes were already filmed pre-pandemic, leaving just a few outside-set exteriors.)

Cinderella is written and directed by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, Blockers), with a writing credit also going to producer James Corden (The Late Late Show With James Corden, Doctor Who).

Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello stars as the eponymous fairytale princess, along with Minnie Driver (Speechless) as Queen Beatrice, Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Robert, Idina Menzel (Frozen 2, Enchanted) as the Stepmother, and Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day) as the King. Billy Porter, John Mulaney and Corden also star.

Cinderella is scheduled to hit theaters Feb. 5, 2021.