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The live-action Life is Strange adaptation is somehow still in production

Life is Strange's Chloe and Max relax in a diner
(Image credit: Square Enix)

Remember back in 2016, when Square Enix announced a live-action adaptation of supernatural teen drama Life is Strange? We'd heard little on the project since, but producer Legendary has provided a handy reminder that the show does still exist with the appointment of a new executive producer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Legendary this week attached singer-songwriter Shawn Mendez to Life is Strange as executive producer. Together with Andrew Gertler, he'll be overseeing music for the twee teen series. Entertainment firm Anonymous Content, which previously produced Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, has also been brought on board to "kick-start" Life is Strange.

Life is Strange's adaptation has lingered in obscurity for some time now, commissioned a year after the first game hit the scene. But thanks to Netflix, videogame telly adaptations are somewhat in vogue—with the likes of The Witcher and Castlevania turning out shockingly good series. That surge seems to have kickstarted production on a few long-silent productions, notably including Showtime's Halo adaptation.

Square Enix' teens-with-superpowers series has moved on since that deal was struck, mind. Life is Strange: True Colors introduces us to magical empathy in Haven Springs later this month, while a remastered collection of Life is Strange and Before the Storm will hit sometime next year.

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.