Lovecraftian Fishing Game “Dredge” to Get Film Adaptation

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The critically acclaimed indie horror fishing game, Dredge, will be getting a film adaptation. Developer Black Salt Games and production company Story Kitchen will work together to create the live-action movie based on the game’s sinister storyline. The official logline as reported by Variety: “Think “The Sixth Sense” on the water. A grounded atmospheric cosmic horror blend of HP Lovecraft and Ernest Hemingway.”

However, Dredge’s adaptation won’t be the first for Story Kitchen. The production company is also currently developing adaptations of Sifu and Vampire Survivors. Story Kitchen includes film and game veterans Derek Kolstad (John Wick), Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog), Dan Jevons (Little Nightmares), and Mike Goldberg. “Dredge is a captivatingly eerie and profoundly rich story that had us completely hooked from the very beginning,” said Stevenson.

Dredge follows a down-on-their-luck fisherman who attempts to help the local townspeople. However, as the darkness creeps in, something sinister lurks beneath the water. Horrifying mutated fish, eldritch horrors, and strange townspeople are just a few things fans can expect with the Dredge adaptation. “We are excited to partner with such an experienced studio team to bring the world we created to live action and ignite the imagination of audiences across the globe,” said Nadia Thorne, Joel Mason, Alex Richie, and Michael Bastiaens from Black Salt Games.

Dredge was released in March 2023 by the New Zealand developer. The title would garner nominations from the Golden Joystick Awards, The Game Awards, and the BAFTA Awards. The developers released their first DLC, “The Pale Reach“, back in November. Another DLC, “The Iron Rig” was initially planned to release in 2023, but is now expected to launch later this year.