Resident Evil producer Jeremy Bolt is joining forces with video game studio Hinterland to bring their post-apocalyptic game The Long Dark to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bolt is keen to make a live-action film based on the long-in-the-works video game set launch on Steam, Xbox One and PS4 today. The Long Dark has already sold 1.3 million copies ahead of its debut, which is no small feat. Here’s what founder and creative director at Hinterland, Raphael van Lierop, said in a statement:
“My goal with Hinterland — starting with The Long Dark — has always been to create original entertainment properties that could span multiple mediums, exploiting the storytelling potential of each form. Partnering with Jeremy on this project is the first step in achieving that vision of true cross-platform storytelling in the world of The Long Dark.”
The film looks like a cross between The Walking Dead (except, without zombies) and The Road, with hints of The Last of Us and bits of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Winter is definitely here as the first-person survival action game follows bush pilot Will Mackenzie and Dr. Astrid Greenwood as they become stranded in the Northern Canadian wilderness in the wake of a geomagnetic disaster. Have a look at the launch trailer:
Here’s what Bolt had to say about the project:
“I first reached out to Raphael, as a fan of The Long Dark, I was immediately taken by the game’s stunningly immersive landscapes, eerily solitary and realistic nature; it is an existential tale of moral, emotional and physical endurance with strong characters to build on; it is also a mystery. It is an honor to try to do justice to it on film.”
In order to give us an idea of what a Long Dark movie would look like, Hinterland produced a live-action five-minute short film titled Elegy, narrated by acting legend Christopher Plummer and directed by Jared Pelletier, from a script written by van Lierop.
Check it out and let us know what you think about The Long Dark being made into a movie.