First appearing back in 2007, GSC Game World’s open world first-person shooter, Stalker, offered a window into an eerie, science fiction world set among the wastelands of the Chernobyl disaster.
Inspired by the science fiction short story, Roadside Picnic, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, the game was filled with mutant creatures, bad weather and strange anomalies. Players took on the role of an amnesiac whose initial aim was to kill a mysterious character by the name of Strelok, but soon found themselves searching for an equally strange artifact called the Wish Granter.
While quite clearly low budget, the television adaptation of Stalker looks quite intriguing, and appears to have retained the same gritty, grungy look of GSC’s original games. At the very least, it’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the 1979 movie, also called Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
While similarly atmospheric and often beautiful to look at, the movie, clocking in at almost three hours, moved at the pace of a drifting glacier.
It’s fortunate, too, that the TV adaptation isn’t based on a typical session of Stalker, as played by your humble writer. If it did, each episode would boil down to a man standing in a field staring at a map with utter incomprehension, and then hiding in a ditch from a roaming mutant canine.
There’s no word yet as to when the Stalker series is likely to air. In the meantime, here’s the first trailer…
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