Little Nightmares – not only a critically-acclaimed game but also a two-issue comic series from Titan Comics with #1 on sale now – is to become a TV series.
Hollywood Reporter first broke the story earlier this week, reporting Anthony and Joe Russo, the filmmaking duo behind Captain America: Civil War and Winter Soldier, are teaming with Academy Award-nominated director Henry Selick (Coraline, A Nightmare Before Christmas ) to bring the horror-adventure video game from Bandai-Namco and Tarsier Studios to the small screen.
The Russo brothers will develop and executive produce the television series with Dmitri M. Johnson and Stephan Bugaj of DJ2 Entertainment, the company making a name for itself adapting video games such as Life Is Strange and Sonic the Hedgehog. Selick will helm the pilot and possibly other episodes.
Dan Jevons will act as a producer, while Samuel Gatte will executive produce for Bandai-Namco. Russo company exec Mike Larocca will act as co-executive producer.
The Little Nightmares game follows a nine-year-old girl named Six who finds herself trapped on the bottom of a terror-filled ship named the Maw. With hunger and the depths one goes to satiate that hunger as the themes, the storyline follows Six as she tries to escape from the ship while evading capture and death at the hands of characters named the Janitor, the Twin Chefs and the Lady.
DJ2 discovered the game while it was still being worked on by Tarsier Studios, then partnered with Bandai-Namco ahead of the game’s very recent release in April. The Russos acquired the TV rights in a competitive situation.
The brothers — who via their yet-to-be-named company are developing projects for various media — recently partnered with Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, the team behind indie breakout Swiss Army Man, on an original sci-fi movie venture. The Russos are in postproduction on the mega Marvel production Avengers: Infinity War, which is slated for release on 4th May 2018.
Last week, Bandai-Namco announced Little Nightmares Secrets of The Maw, three new chapters to the game telling the tale of a parallel escape story. An Expansion Pass as well as the Complete Edition including the base game and the Expansion Pass can be pre-purchased on Steam, PlayStation®Network and XboxLive store.
Unveil all the secrets of The Maw as The Runaway Kid, another prisoner looking for a way out of this place of misfortune. On his journey, The Kid will visit unseen areas of the Maw in three different chapters: The Depths, The Hideway and a last secret location offering a different perspective on Six’s adventures as well as new challenges to overcome.
In The Depths, the first chapter to be released in July, the Runaway Kid will explore a decayed and flooded basement where he must try to escape from an insidious threat that lurks underwater.
In November, you will be able to visit The Hideway, a machine-themed section where the Nomes reside. The third and final chapter to be released in January will decide the fate of The Runaway Kid.
• Little Nightmares #1 from Titan Comics is available now from all good comic shops – buy it here from Forbidden Planet (using this link helps support downthetubes)
• Little Nightmares #1 is available for Kindle and via ComiXology – buy it here from amazon.co.uk (using this link helps support downthetubes)
• Buy the Little Nightmares game from amazon.co.uk – using this link helps support downthetubes
Little Nightmares is available in digital and physical format on PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC. Expansion Pass Little Nightmares Secrets of The Maw can be pre-purchased on Steam, PlayStation Network and XboxLive. The Complete Edition including the base game and the Expansion Pass is also available for pre-purchase across the same platforms. All future content that is part of Little Nightmares Secrets of The Maw will be accessible in-game once it is available.
Little Nightmares #1 – Taster Pages
LITTLE NIGHTMARES #1 (OF 2)
Writer: John Shackleford
Artist: Aaron Alexovich
FC • 32pp • $3.99 – On Sale Now
Based on one of the most hotly-anticipated comic series of 2017, follow SIX, a young girl as she explores the horrifying world of The Maw, looking for a way out encountering other children with stories to tell of how they came to be there…
Declaration: I am the editor of the Little Nightmares mini-series
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.