‘Alice is Missing’ Movie in the Works Based on Game – The Hollywood Reporter

Paramount has optioned the rights to immersive role playing game, Alice is Missingwith Becca Gleason, a writer and consulting producer on Amazon’s just released YA series, The Summer I Turned Pretty, attached to direct and co-write the adaptation.

Joining Gleason to co-write is Spenser Starke, the designer of the game published by Hunters Entertainment, the tabletop game studio behind popular RPGs such as The Altered Carbon RPG, Kids on Bikes, Icarus, Outbreak: Undead.

Temple Hillthe banner behind major YA movies ranging from the recent Emergency and The Fault In Our Stars to franchise plays such as The Maze Runner and Twilightwill produce along with Gleason.

Alice is an immersive and so-called silent RPG played entirely via text message. The premise involves the disappearance of a teen named Alice Briarwood, a high school junior in the small town of Silent Falls. The players take on various characters in Alice’s life such as her brother, her secret relationship, the boy with the crush, among others, as they attempt to uncover the mystery behind why she has gone missing.

The game was introduced only two years ago after a successful Kickstarter campaign, but quickly took off. It garnered not only raves and awards, such as Ernie Awards for best game and product of the year, but a young and plugged-in fanbase that continually generates its own stories and fan art around the game.

Ivan Van Norman and Christopher De La Rosa will co-produce the film. John Fischer is overseeing for Temple Hill while Clarence Hammond shepherds for Paramount.

Gleason, who got her start by being on the production staff of cult comedy Communitymade her directorial debut with Summer ’03a romantic drama that starred Joey King, and which she also wrote. She  recently directed the Freeform TV pilot, What I Was Doing While You Were Breedingwhich was just picked up to series.

Starke is a creator of  many award-winning tabletop games, such as Kids On Brooms and Icarus. He is also adapting other game properties outside of his own work for TV and film. Starke is currently the game designer for Darrington Press, the tabletop game division at Critical Role.

Gleason is repped by ICM Partners, Navigation Media Group, and Felker Toczek. Starke is repped by Sugar23 and Felker Toczek. Sugar23 was instrumental assisting Hunters in the Paramount deal.

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