Square-Enix announced today it’s adapting its 2015 video game Life Is Strange into a TV series. Details about the series are scant at this point — obviously it’ll follow the plot of the game, but vaguely or straightforward? Are we talking a miniseries or something ongoing? And where would this show wind up?
It may be too early for the the last question to have an answer. Quite often, upcoming TV shows from studios determined to get them playing somewhere will be announced prior to ever finding a distribution deal. The assumption is that they will get one eventually.
Legendary Digital Studios and transmedia production company DJ2 Entertainment are handling the production aspects of the series. Square’s press release follows…
BURBANK, Calif., 27 July, 2016 – Legendary Digital Studios and Square Enix will join forces on the development of a digital series based on the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning video game, Life Is Strange™, it was announced today by Greg Siegel, Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Legendary Digital Studios. The project will be developed and produced in conjunction with Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of dj2 Entertainment who recently produced the upcoming film Sonic the Hedgehog for Sony Pictures. Life is Strange™ was brought into Legendary by Cory Lanier who will oversee the project with Siegel.
Life Is Strange™ follows the story of photography enthusiast Max Caulfield, a high-school senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, which uncovers a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. In addition to winning the BAFTA for Best Story, the Peabody Award, the Golden Joystick’s Performance of the Year and The Game Awards’ Games for Impact Award, Life Is Strange™ has garnered over 75 Game of the Year awards and listings.
“Life is Strange™ is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay,” said Siegel. “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.”
“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,” said Jon Brooke, VP Brand and European Marketing at Square Enix. “Now that the first episode of the Life is Strange™ game is free to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac and PC, there’s never been a better time to play or to introduce a friend to the beautiful world of Arcadia Bay”.
To celebrate, there’s a brand new trailer showing Max and Chloe in action available now. Check it out here.
Legendary Digital Studios, Square Enix and dj2 are currently meeting with potential writers for the series adaptation.