There will be those who allege the transfer between media to a supposed lack of originality or creative drought (series to cinema, video games to series) of the plots and characters that have mobilized the masses in recent decades. There will be those who think that, in effect, the cult is traded as a claim for the masses and that is invested only in how many conversions there can be from one screen to another. To all of them: you are right. Luckily, where the fictions that occupy us on a daily basis come from is a matter of extremely relative importance.
The critic Carlos Losilla used to say that films are built in the space between what they are and what they dream of being. Perhaps if it is useful to know the history of this or that film or series, let it be to remind us what the first dream behind the project was: Did the ‘The Last of Us’ series dream of recreating the delicate homesickness of abandoned rooms? Did you want to return to serial images the leisurely pace of exploration through uninhabited worlds, so many parallel stories scribbled on any surface and always on the verge of extinction? Or, on the contrary, does the series dream of translating the sharp suspense behind the catch-up with all kinds of infected?
The good thing about adaptation projects, still to be developed, is that they allow us to play with unrealized spaces. Even better: these early translations draw four stripes on a white background to that we imagine what we would like this or that world to be like if we saw it for the first time. Think how much we would enjoy being able to rediscover an entire fantastic universe, with clean eyes, in a totally different medium. What fun, right?
This, I think, is a good attitude that transmedia adaptation can take, at least in these early stages of development. It is not a truism: closing fictional worlds that are yet to be built not only tells us about those universes, but also prepares us to face our own expectations. Let us remember that Losilla starts from a fundamental frustration, that he understands that movies are never what they dream of. That sweet and fuzzy universe inside our head will always be much better than its translationattached to the edges of industrial gears. Deciding how far we let disappointment take us is our main duty as moviegoers, series fans, or whatever.
Having a critical spirit consists, in large part, in determining how much of our own dream we give away to images to soften this inevitable clash with reality. To love, to the cinema or to the series, you also learn. This list can also be taken as a future opportunity to remind ourselves of what dreams we have learned to thwart.
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It Takes Two
Dj2 Entertainment (‘Sonic’, but also the ‘Life is Strange’ and ‘Disco Elysium’ series) has signed an agreement with Hazelight Studios (a company led by Joseph fares, director of ‘A Way Out’) to adapt ‘It Takes Two’ for television and film. At the moment, we do not know more about this project.
As of February 2022, Amazon has signed a first-look deal with dj2 Entertainment, the company that co-produced the ‘Sonic’ movies, to make various video game adaptations for Prime Video. Among the two announced projects is the ‘Disco Elysium’ series, inspired by Infinity Engine role-playing games, and written and designed by Estonian novelist Robert Kurvitz.
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Life is Strange
The second project announced by Amazon in February 2022 is the ‘Life is Strange’ series, the Dontnod Entertainment video game that was a small revolution indie after the publication by Squarenix of its first five episodes in 2015. At the moment, no further details are available.
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Currently, Netflix is developing an anime series that will take place within the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. The company responsible for the game, CD Projekt Red, is the producer, with Studio Trigger as the studio and Hiroyuki Imaishi, also from Studio Trigger (‘Gurren Lagann’, ‘Kill la Kill’, ‘Promare’) as director. The composer of ‘Silent Hill’, akira yamaokawill compose the score.
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In 2017, Netflix announced that it would produce a live-action series of the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ saga, with the executive production of Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik from Ubisoft, and that it would be the first of several new projects. The collaboration, they said, “will harness the iconic video game’s story-generating potential” to create anime and live-action series. The latest news we have is that Adi Shankar was incorporated as showrunner.
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Brothers in Arms
This is a bit of a cheat: Gearbox, makers of the ‘Brothers in Arms’ franchise, are producing a live-action series that will explore the Allied and Axis sides during World War II. How will it relate to the game it starts from? It is yet to be known. As of April 2020, the series was supervised by the showrunner Scott Rosenbaumwith randy pitchford as executive producer.
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Halo: The Series
It was originally a movie. Later, it went on to series on ShowTime. Today, the franchise is being adapted into a serial format for Paramount+. paul schreiberfrom ‘The Wire’ will play the Master Chief. Otto Bathurst (‘Peaky Blinders’) will direct and produce the series, with Kyle Killen (‘Lone Star’) and Steven Kane (‘The Last Ship’) as the showrunners of season 1. However, both will leave the series after this first installment, which is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2022. Why does it look good? Produces nothing more and nothing less than steven spielberg.
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In September 2021 we had the latest news about the anime that Netflix is developing around the ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise, specifically a continuation of the events that occurred in 2018’s ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’. The one that wants to be a series very faithful to the original material, however, has counted on Hayley Atwellfrom ‘Agent Carter’ to voice Lara instead of the game’s voice actress, Camilla Ludington.
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Of this we know rather little. The creators of ‘Westworld’, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (Bad Robot), are producing a series on ‘Fallout’ for Amazon. However, we still don’t know if the series will be an adaptation of one of the games or will tell an original story in this post-apocalyptic universe.
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The Last of Us
The bad news (depending on how you look at it?) is that the film adaptation of ‘The Last of Us’ is not going to see the light of day soon, as announced Neil Druckman, game master. The good news is that HBO is adapting the first video game as a series instead, with Craig Mazin from ‘Chernobyl’ supervising the project and Druckmann writing and producing. Peter Pascal (‘The Mandalorian’) brings Joel to life, and Bella Ramsey (‘Game of Thrones’) will play Ellie. Whoever warns is not a traitor: the series will “deviate a lot” from the plot of the game in some of its episodes.
Everything you need to know about the ‘The Last of Us’ series
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