At one point, it looked like the Alan Wake video games would never become the franchise that Remedy Entertainment so clearly wanted them to be. However, Alan Wake II is finally in production, and the universe is about to expand as AMC picks up the rights to make an Alan Wake TV show.
Originally debuting on the Xbox 360 in 2010, the original Alan Wake game is about a writer who goes on a horror-tinged journey into madness. The game received positive reviews and quickly became a cult classic. Despite the release of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare two years later, a true sequel never arrived, with the franchise stuck in limbo.
In 2013, Remedy presented Microsoft with a prototype for the sequel. However, Alan Wake had not been financially successful enough to warrant a second major game, so Microsoft wasn’t interested.
Remedy eventually bought the rights to the game from Microsoft and released Alan Wake Remastered across multiple consoles this past October. And in December, Alan Wake II was the surprise announcement at the 2021 Game Awards. The new game, slated for release in 2023, will be part of the expanding Remedy Connected Universe and exist in the same world as their game Control.
Remedy Entertainment is collaborating with AMC on Alan Wake show
And now there’s the news of the TV series. Remedy creative director Sam Lake revealed that AMC had picked up the TV rights for Alan Wake in part of a video celebrating the 12-year anniversary of the original game. Praising AMC as “the wonderful, wonderful home for absolutely brilliant TV shows,” Lake emphasized that television production takes a long time. All indications are that AMC is only in the early stages of developing an Alan Wake show. Lake said that Remedy has been “collaborating” on the series.
The plot of the original game is exceptionally well-suited to television, as other shows have gotten audiences to this sort of story; Castle Rock, Midnight Mass and others all feature isolated locations beset by ancient evils. Alan Wake was inspired in part by the works of Stephen King, and that guy always has adaptations of his tories in the works.
In the game, troubled writer Alan Wake goes on vacation to the small town of Bright Falls with his wife, Alice. Renting a cabin in the middle of a lake, Wake soon begins to see shadows in the dark. After he survives a car crash, he finds the cabin is no longer there. As time passes, the protagonist (and player) discover that at some point he wrote a book. Eerily, one page after another begins to come true.
Alan Wake Remastered is available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows. Alan Wake II will be released in 2023.