ConcernedApe, also known as Eric Barone, the creator of Stardew Valley, recently expressed openness to a movie adaptation of the beloved farming simulation game. However, he emphasized that he would only consider it if prominent names like David Lynch or Studio Ghibli were involved. Stardew Valley has been a massive success since its release in 2016, selling over 20 million copies. Barone is currently working on an update for Stardew Valley and has his next project, Haunted Chocolatier, in the pipeline.
In a recent interview with IGN, Barone discussed his protective stance towards the Stardew Valley brand, despite its popularity. He emphasized the importance of not allowing just anyone to create a movie based on the franchise, as he feels it could be risky to give established characters new voices. However, if creators of the caliber of Studio Ghibli or David Lynch were interested, he would be more inclined to consider it, given his admiration for their work and confidence in their ability to create a memorable cinematic experience with the IP.
The trend of adapting video games into movies has gained significant traction in recent years. Some of these adaptations, like the Super Mario Bros Movie and Sonic: The Hedgehog, have achieved remarkable success both critically and financially. However, not all video game-inspired movies have been as well-received. Barone’s suggestion of involving influential figures like David Lynch or Studio Ghibli in a Stardew Valley movie indicates his desire to ensure that any adaptation maintains the integrity and spirit of the beloved game. This approach has garnered support from fans who would be eagerly anticipating such a project.