From Indie Game to Big Screen Horror: Dredge Getting a Live-Action Adaptation

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April 12, 2024

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Prepare to set sail for terror. The announcement has been made that Black Salt Games and Story Kitchen are teaming up to bring the haunting world of Dredge to life in a live-action film adaptation of the hit game.

Fishing for Trouble

The game is not your typical fishing simulator. Dredge is a critically acclaimed 2023 indie horror game. It has garnered praise for its unique blend of genres and unsettling atmosphere. Developed by the talented New Zealand team at Black Salt Games, Dredge casts players as fishermen venturing into the uncharted waters of a remote archipelago. This seemingly peaceful island chain harbors a sinister secret – the deeper you delve, the more bizarre and nightmarish things become. A chilling cosmic horror narrative unfolds as you upgrade your boat to explore treacherous waters and uncharted islands. The encroaching darkness and the inky depths conceal monstrous leviathans and unspeakable secrets. Each fishing expedition becomes a perilous journey into the unknown, where the very act of discovery could have horrifying consequences.

Critical Acclaim and Award Recognition

Since its release in March 2023, the game has garnered critical acclaim, captivating horror fans and industry professionals alike. The game boasts numerous award nominations, a testament to its originality and masterful execution.

The Game

In the game, a fisherman sails to the coastal town of Greater Marrow, situated in a distant archipelago. He Accepts a job offer to be the town’s local angler. While the job is normal enough, the Fisherman soon begins to notice strange phenomena, especially at night.

A Sixth Sense on the Water quotes the logline of the film as saying, “Think The Sixth Sense in the water. It’s a grounded, atmospheric cosmic horror blend of HP Lovecraft and Ernest Hemingway.”

Bringing the World of Dredge to Life 

Black Salt Games expressed their enthusiasm for the collaboration with Story Kitchen, a studio known for its experience in crafting captivating narratives. In a joint statement, the development team highlighted their excitement. “Igniting the imagination of audiences across the globe” with this live-action adaptation.

With its unique premise, award-winning pedigree, and promise of otherworldly horror, the Dredge film adaptation has the potential to be a truly terrifying cinematic experience. So, prepare to set sail for uncharted waters where the line between reality and nightmare blurs, and the only certainty is that something dreadful awaits in the depths. Learn more about the game here.

Dredge joins the long list of recent gaming adaptations, including “Fall Out,” “Halo,” and “Twisted Metal.” And honestly, we are totally here for it. We’ll keep you posted as more details begin to surface.



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