After winning plenty of awards in 2015, the episodic adventure game Life is Strange is now set to become a live action series with Legendary Digital Studios at the helm.
Although Warcraft wasn’t the cinematic masterpiece and summer blockbuster that many hoped it would be, the movie did help take video game adaptations in the right direction. Assassin’s Creed and The Division films are also on the way with A-list talent attached, so hopefully the video game adaptation curse is about to be broken for good. Legendary Digital Studios is ready to plunge deeper the live action video game scene as well with an indie favorite.
Life is Strange won a ton of awards upon its episodic release in 2015, so it’s no surprise that it is getting the attention of Legendary Digital Studios. The game was praised for its beautiful storytelling and compelling narrative and although part of what makes the story so interesting is the player’s involvement, Life is Strange still feels like great material for a live action project.
The studio didn’t specify whether the adaptation would be a web series or available through a subscription service similar to PSN’s Powers adaptation. The project is being developed and produced with help from Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of dj2 Entertainment, who may sound familiar due to the company’s work on the Skulls of the Shogun animated series. The same crew at dj2 is also working on the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film for Sony Pictures.
Legendary Digital’s SVP of development and production, Greg Siegel explained the company’s excitement and interest in the Life is Strange IP…
“Life is Strange is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay,”
“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.”
The delivery platform for Life is Strange seems like it will be a key factor in whether or not the series is successful. Gamers are definitely aware that the story is amazing and should make for great television, but it will be interesting to see if Legendary’s marketing is able to make the project appeal to a more mainstream audience. Video game adaptations are always a gamble, but with strong source material like this, the project is definitely off on the right foot.
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The Life is Strange live action series does not have a release date yet.
Life is Strange (the game) is currently available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.