Martha Is Dead, the somewhat controversial psychological horror game from LKA, is getting a film adaptation, one promising to be as disturbing and immersive as the original source material. The game, which was released in 2022 for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Amazon Luna, received critical acclaim for its stunning visuals, gripping narrative, and realistic depiction of the horrors of war and superstition in the picturesque, if war ravaged, landscape of 1944 Tuscany, Italy.
The exciting film adaptation is a result of a groundbreaking collaboration between developer LKA, the game’s publisher Wired Productions, and Studios Extraordinaires, a Swedish film-production company specialising in high-end action, horror, and science-fiction genres. The co-directors of the film are André Hedetoft and Andreas Troedsson, who have previously worked on films such as Origin (2016) and The Unthinkable (2018), respectively. Hedetoft will also write the script as screenwriter, while Troedsson will serve as the cinematographer to help bring the game to life.
Just like the game it is based on, the film follows the story of Giulia, a young woman who is haunted by the death of her twin sister, Martha, whose body was found drowned and mutilated in a lake. As Giulia tries to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s demise, she uncovers dark secrets about her family, her lover, and the legend of the White Lady, a vengeful spirit lurking in the waters.
According to Luca Dalcò, the founder and director of LKA and creator and writer of ‘Martha Is Dead‘, “Every element of ‘Martha Is Dead’ was created with extraordinary precision and care. The narrative’s complexity was meticulously planned, visualised, and even shaped with a cinematic quality in mind”. For these reasons he goes on to explain how “Bringing this to life as a film is a dream come true”.
Leo Zullo, the managing director of Wired Productions, also expressed his excitement for the film project. “The game’s gripping narrative and unique setting make it a perfect candidate for a film adaptation”, he said; and it is why both the developers and publishers are “thrilled to join forces with Studios Extraordinaires to create a landmark cinematic experience, merging the artistry of gaming and filmmaking in an unprecedented way”.
André Hedetoft and Andreas Troedsson, the co-directors of the film, praised the game’s narrative and praised LKA for their creative vision. “‘Martha Is Dead’ is a narrative masterpiece, expertly weaving a spellbinding murder mystery from a young woman’s perspective in a way that’s never been done before” they said. “We’re eager to bring this haunting tale to life, offering both fans and newcomers a cinematic tour-de-force, while staying true to the game’s soul-stirring essence”.
The film adaptation of ‘Martha Is Dead‘ is currently in active development and does not yet have a release date. More details will be announced soon, but this news makes it clear how the age of game to film/television adaptations are on the rise – and here is hoping they will all be good!
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