Alan Wake Live-Action TV Show in the Works From 'Legion' Writer

Joann Johnston
September 13, 2018

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. The influence of television even makes its way into the game with the way Alan Wake was structured episodically and in-game television programs making their way into the game, which ended up selling 4.5 million copies.

According to a recent announcement, a live-action Alan Wake television adaption is now in the works, with Peter Calloway (Cloak & Dagger, Legion) taking on the role of writer and Remedy Entertainment's creative director Sam Lake serving as executive producer. Peter Calloway wants to find out, which is why he's climbed on board to adapt cult video game Alan Wake for television.

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. Harlan's also confirmed that there's some interest from a number of studios, but he hasn't explicitly named these studios. "That was Sam's vision". It was influenced by The Twilight Zone, Secret Window, Hitchcock, Northern Exposure, a lot of US television. According to Harlan, he plans to pitch the show in October. Sam is a huge part of this. However, Remedy's Sam Lake did note that the show will likely draw upon some of the work that the team has done on a conceptual sequel to Alan Wake.

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As Harlan said, the games felt nearly like shows turned into games thanks the first being structured in an episodic format despite being released as a singular game.

Furthermore, it seems Lake isn't ready to talk about an Alan Wake 2.

There's now no word regarding what network the show will premiere on, which actors (if any) are attached to the project, and whether or not the show will serve as a kind of sequel to the original game or whether it will just exist somewhere in the Alan Wake universe. He added: "I think it's important to embrace those characters and to bring Alan Wake to where he was [in the video game]".

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