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Firewatch is getting a film adaptation

Fire watch with me.

A Firewatch film adaptation is in the works.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Firewatch developer Campo Santo signed a deal with production company Good Universe (Oldboy, Neighbors, The Night Before) to make both films and video games, with the first collaboration being a silver screen adaptation of Firewatch.

The game, which starred Mad Men's Rich Sommer and The Walking Dead's Cissy Jones, sold upwards of 1m copies upon its release in February.

It told the tale of a middle-aged fire lookout trying to escape his troubled personal life in 1980s Wyoming. Along the way he and his supervisor, Delilah, grow close as they unravel some mysterious sightings in the wilderness.

We rather liked Firewatch, though it wasn't without its flaws. "Firewatch is a triumph of craft, but the consequence is that, when it comes to genuine emotional involvement, it always keeps you at a slight distance," our Chris Donlan wrote in his Firewatch review. One wonders if a non-interactive adaptation would fare any better.

"When we met Good Universe we were floored by how they recognise, cultivate and produce incredible stories. It's rare you meet another group that shares so many of your values and makes the process of creating things even more exciting. We can't wait to see what we make together," said Campo Santo founder Sean Vanaman.

"Finding extraordinary content is incredibly exciting, and with the Campo Santo team, we felt an immediate simpatico with their utterly beguiling storytelling and amazing creative instincts," added Good Universe co-founder Joe Drake.

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