Obsidian’s Grounded will be getting the small screen treatment – it will be getting a TV show adaptation that will hopefully still capture the quaint, yet terrifying, feeling of Grounded. It seems that there are no shortage of video game-themed TV adaptations coming our way in the coming years.
Grounded was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2020 as an early access title, which sees players become miniaturised characters trapped in their own backyard. The idea behind Grounded is to use the gather-and-craft survival mechanics to, well, survive and somehow manage an escape.
Grounded is a family-friendly adventure that runs a combination of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and A Bug’s Life, seeing players fending off giant insects, other creatures and what were once harmless threats while they survive in the backyard.
According to Deadline, the TV adaptation will remain pretty faithful to the video game premise, where four friends are shrunk to a meager 5 centimetres – 2 inches – tall after discovering shrinking technology. This upsets our companions’ grand plans to increase their social status the summer before high school, and are instead forced to fight for survival in their garden rather than in the halls of high school.
“Now the four shrunken friends must learn to survive in a towering backyard that’s a jungle full of enormous predators, and hiding a vast corporate conspiracy threatening their entire town.”
Currently, we know that Brent Friedman (Star Wars: Clone Wars) will be writing for the Grounded TV adaptation, with Brien Goodrich (Halo 4 and 5) set to direct. Thankfully, the show will be a collaboration between developers Obsidian Entertainment, publisher Xbox, Waterproof Studios, Kinetic Media as well as Bardel Entertainment.
We have quite a number of video game TV shows to look forward to in the coming years with Sony’s new Horizon 2074 TV show in the works, The Last of Us TV show that is currently in production at HBO as well as Sony’s Twisted Metal TV show that will star Will Arnet as Sweet tooth the clown.