THR is reporting that Hinterland’s acclaimed survival video game The Long Dark is set for a big screen adaptation courtesy of Jeremy Bolt, producer of the Resident Evil franchise.
“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,” said Raphael van Lierop, founder and creative director at Hinterland. “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.”
“I first reached out to Raphael, as a fan of The Long Dark,” added Bolt. “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.”
The Long Dark is described as having hints of The Walking Dead and The Road and “centers on bush pilot Will Mackenzie and Dr. Astrid Greenwood, with the pair becoming stranded in the wilderness of Northern Canada following a geomagnetic disaster. As they search for each other, Astrid and Mackenzie come to terms with the ways the world around them has changed due to an aurorae in the sky.”
To give fans a taste of what to expect from The Long Dark movie, Hinterland has produced a five-minute short film entitled Elegy: A Visual Poem of The Long Dark, starring Christopher Plummer; check it out here…