Yes, that title should give you pause for thought. Since when has any video game property made the successful leap to television? Occasionally it happens visa versa but if Halo has been any indication, it’s a tough nut to crack. Unless your video game is practically a TV show anyway.
So step forward Legendary Entertainment, who have recently produced The Expanse for SyFy, Love for Netflix, and movies such as Warcraft, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, Jurassic World… Basically a lot
Legendary Digital Studios, a division of the company, has partnered with Square Enix and DJ2 Entertainment in order to produce a digital series based on the critically acclaimed game by DONTNOD Entertainment.
Life is Strange follows the exploits of college student Max Caulfield as she struggles with her lack of social skills and burgeoning photography talent, whilst also suddenly getting the ability to rewind time. The game is quite possibly the best non-Telltale episodic experience and should be enjoyed by all. Go and try it, the first episode is currently free on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Mac and PC… YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE!
That episodic nature might be one of the things that suits this conversion down to the ground. As Greg Seigel, Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Legendary Digital Studio, says:
Life is Strange™ is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay. It lends itself perfectly to live-action imaginings. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Square Enix, DONTNOD Entertainment and dj2 to bring the world of Arcadia Bay to life in an exciting new way.
This is backed up by Square Enix VP of Brand and European Marketing, Jon Brooke, who said:
We’re proud and excited to be working alongside Legendary to realise a new version of Arcadia Bay and Blackwell Academy complete with our rich cast of realistic, believable characters and memorable events.
It’s also worth remembering that Legendary Entertainment own LDN – Legendary Digital Networks, a group of well known internet media productions houses including Nerdist, started by Chris Hardwick and Geek & Sundry started by Felicia Day. You’ll remember the latter for being an actress in Supernatural, Eureka, Warehouse 13 along with her own series The Guild, which is great, and the channel starting TableTop, a board game show hosted by Wil Wheaton.
Safe to say that this network has a long and successful history in producing digital series and that could very well play in the productions favour in being transformed for television. The show is currently looking for writers (PICK ME PICK ME HELLOOOOO *WAVES*)… Ahem, sorry, let me regain professionalism.
The show is looking for writers as it heads towards pre-production. Let’s hope that the show delivers as much as its source material does.