Grounded is being turned into a TV series. A new report from Deadline confirms the series will be adapted by Star Wars: Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman, who’s also writing the Earthworm Jim TV adaptation.
According to the report, Friedman will be working alongside Brien Goodrich, who previously worked on the Halo video games. Obsidian and Xbox will be partnering with Waterproof Studios/SC Productions, Kinetic Media, and Bardel Entertainment to bring Grounded from PC and consoles to TV.
The series will follow four school friends that get shrunken down to just two inches tall during the summer before their first year of high school. The shrinking technology underlies "a vast corporate conspiracy threatening their entire town," but just like the game, the four schoolmates will be more immediately concerned with survival in a backyard that’s suddenly full of hostile predators.
Grounded the game first arrived in Xbox’s early access program back in 2020. Players create a custom character before starting their survival journey in an enormous backyard filled with insects–some benign, but many others deadly. Bees, ants, ladybugs, and the dreaded wolf spider can spell the end of shrunken players that haven’t adequately armed themselves with spears, bows, and armor made from the exoskeletons of defeated arthropods.
"We couldn’t be more excited about diving into the whimsical universe of Grounded. This partnership will be one of great collaboration, expanding on an already wonderful journey of exploration and adventure," said Bardel Entertainment CEO Tina Chow in a statement.
No timeframe was provided for the series, but Grounded fans will be happy to know that the game will finally exit early access in September. The official release update will add more armor and weapon recipes, a giant mantis boss fight in a newly unlocked area of the backyard, and expanded story elements that finally explain just what shrunk the kids.
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