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My Friend Pedro is getting a TV series helmed by John Wick writer Derek Kolstad

By Kenneth Ang - on 7 Jul 2020, 11:13am

My Friend Pedro is getting a TV series helmed by John Wick writer Derek Kolstad

Image: Devolver Digital

Ever since game developers found out they could use trending TV shows and movies as a canvas for their next title, it's become quite common to see your favourite films being turned into video games, has it not? From Star Wars to James Bond and even SpongeBob, many films and shows already have their own video game adaptations, and some even get more than one. But here's our question: how often do you actually see the reverse happening, that is; a video game getting made into a TV show or film?

The answer is: not very often. But with the exponential growth of gaming as a whole in the past few years, this trend is starting to gain increasing amounts of traction among TV producers and writers. It's not really a new idea, to be honest - we've had franchises like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter getting their own movies before, but if anything, the practice certainly seems much more prominent now. Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill is one popular (and very well done) example, while Fallout is another: Amazon is reportedly working on a TV series based on it.

Regardless, you still wouldn't expect Devolver Digital's ultra-violent shooter My Friend Pedro to get its own TV or film adaptation, but spoiler alert: it actually is, and it'll be written by Derek Kolstad, who you might recall as the dude who wrote John Wick

Image: Devolver Digital

He's not alone in the endeavour, either. David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2 and John Wick, as well as Deadpool 2 producer Kelly McCormick, are apparently on the payroll as well. Although Kolstad has previously expressed interest in giving this project a go, it was The Hollywood Reporter (thank you!) that finally secured confirmation.

Given the list of talents that are currently on board, it seems Kolstad's new "R-rated half-hour dramedy" will be an amusing one - a guy receiving kill orders from a talking banana is as weird and far-fetched as inspiration comes, and considering Kolstad's expertise with stylish yet brutal killing - we think the project is in good hands. With that out of the way, there's just one question left: Who will be voicing the banana?