Alan Wake still isn’t getting the video game sequel that fans have spent years pining for, but Remedy Entertainment’s paranormal adventure franchise will continue via another medium.
Variety reports today that a live-action Alan Wake television series is in the works, with Cloak and Dagger and Legion’s Peter Calloway on board as showrunner and writer. The show will be executive produced by Remedy Creative Director Sam Lake, who created Alan Wake. Contradiction Films has partnered with Remedy to produce the show, but doesn’t yet have a studio attached. The plan is to start pitching it in October once Calloway has finalized the details.
“Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game,” Contradiction’s Tomas Harlan told Variety. “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 [sic] show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.”
Remedy released the original Alan Wake on Xbox 360 and PC in 2010 and later followed it up with the 2012’s Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. But while the first game was made on the scale of a AAA blockbuster, American Nightmare was something more akin to a side story, first releasing on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade. And while IGN thoroughly enjoyed Alan Wake, reviewing it with a 9.0 score, we were less impressed with American Nightmare, awarding it a 7.5.
As Harlan said, the games felt almost like shows turned into games thanks the first being structured in an episodic format despite being released as a singular game. American Nightmare, meanwhile, was structured like an episode of the in-universe Twilight Zone-like ‘Night Springs’. Remedy’s next big game was Quantum Break, which was itself imagined as a fusion of television and video games.
Now Remedy will dive into the world of TV proper by both revisiting Alan Wake’s video game origins and expanding on them.
“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,” Lake said. “We’ll be expanding the lore of this crazy and dark universe and diving deeper into certain aspects of it than the game ever [sic] did.”
Lake also mentioned the multiple Alan Wake video game follow-ups Remedy workshopped over the years, some of the details and assets of which found their way to the public. Lake said there’s currently “no news” to share about an Alan Wake 2 game, even though he said making one would be “a dream” of his. Still, he hopes to “make it happen when the time is right,” which publisher Microsoft has never felt it was.
For now, fans will have to settle for the new show, which Lake decline to confirm or deny will be canon, citing the need to avoid spoilers. As for a new Remedy game, we’ve got Control on the way.
Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. Like Sam Lake, he also still wants an Alan Wake 2 game. Follow him on Twitter.