The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV Series

By Jim Rossignol on November 10th, 2010 at 10:01 am.

He's grumpy because there are no women in The Zone
The next GSC S.T.A.L.K.E.R. project will be… a TV show? Yes, it seems to be real. You can check out the trailer below, and the teaser site here. I’ve contacted GSC for comment. I wish I had something profound to add, but really I am just pleased that it looks like it’s trying to be faithful to the game. Weird. Possibly awesome.

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  1. Nighthood says:

    I can’t wait, though I hope they stay VERY faithful to the game universe.

    Also, they need to include “Get out of here stalker” at least once.

    • qrter says:

      That chatter in the last 10 seconds or so from that trailer sounds like it’s directly lifted from the game, although I can’t say from where exactly.

    • rei says:

      It’s the thing that keeps repeating inside the NPP, isn’t it?

    • MrThingy says:

      I think it might be the tannoy from Military Outpost in the Cordon.

    • Mattressi says:

      Saying it once wouldn’t be very faithful to the game now would it? They need to make sure the main character is forced to walk past the same soldier dozens of times, while he repeats “get out of here stalker” in a continuous loop.

  2. Schaulustiger says:

    The teaser looks a bit cheesy, but this has the potential to be something extraordinary. And frankly, only Russians can get the russian vibe right, be it in games, movies or tv shows.

    • Mistabashi says:

      They ain’t Russians, they’re Ukranians.

      I agree that it looks a little cheesy, and doesn’t capture the atmosphere of the game too well in my opionion. In particular the visual style, which seems to be very bright and colourful like the majority of modern TV shows.

    • coldwave says:

      >They ain’t Russians, they’re Ukranians.

      He is using the word as umbrella-term, so he isn’t really wrong, considering that all developers were born basically in the same country.

    • Miko says:

      Like most modern TV shows? When did you last watch TV? Watching, say, House, is like watching a 90s TV show through three pairs of dark gray tights.

      And yeah, the colorisation is off here – either that or the lighting. Whichever it is, it makes the whole thing look like it’s been shot in someone’s back yard.

    • Kryopsis says:

      “He is using the word as umbrella-term, so he isn’t really wrong, considering that all developers were born basically in the same country.”

      The umbrella term is Slavic people. Russians and Ukrainians speak different languages, have significant cultural differences and have a history of distrust and moderate dislike (not without reason, given how the Ukrainians were treated when they were a part of the USSR). Calling Ukrainians ‘Russians’ is like calling the French ‘Germans’. No, coldwave, ‘Ukraine’ is not ‘Russia’ and if you don’t know what you are talking about, better keep quiet.

    • MrTambourineMan says:

      More than 17% of Ukrainian population are Russians, some cities are predominantly Russian as well (e.g. Sevastopol has 70% Russian population).

    • ctrl_shift_esc says:

      Kryopsis, are you from Ukraine? Or just some expert on russian-ukrainian relations?

    • Kryopsis says:

      ctrl_shift_esc:
      No, I am from Russia.

    • Megazver says:

      Kryopsis, your outrage would be more appropriate, if they, like, bothered to release a Ukrainian version of the game. Or the show. Or any of the books. Or the site.

      The company is clearly run and staffed by Ukrainian Russians.

  3. Robin says:

    It seems very faithful: there are no women in the trailer.

    I’m sorry. I’m going away now.

  4. N says:

    blind puppeh. awe.

  5. Jonathan says:

    Oh, just watch the Tarkovsky movie instead. I have no faith in this as a TV project.

    • President Weasel says:

      that’s rather mean spirited. Maybe it’ll be good and if not, nobody here has lost anything; either way it might generate more interest in the games and in the Tartovsky movie.

    • Mistabashi says:

      The STALKER games are a very different world to the Tarkovsy movie of the same name (and Roadside Picnic, which it was inspired by). One of the more crucial differences I suppose being the Chernobyl NPP’s significance in the story, but I also don’t seem to recall too many dudes with guns running about the place in Tarkovsky’s movie.

    • ceebux says:

      I can only hope it won’t be anything like the Tarkovsky. No one needs to be subjected to that horrible piece of cinema.

    • Mistabashi says:

      I think you’ll find quite a few people might disagree with you there :)

    • ceebux says:

      Possibly! All I know is it made me so bored that I started to bleed from the eyes.

    • poop says:

      the tarkovsky film seemed to capture the feeling of how empty and hopeless the zone was even though it essentially had three dudes in it with no shooting and this just feels like a sorta goofy action movie (though that might be shitty trailer editing)

      still waiting for the rumored stalker 2 on cryengine 3, where is it!!

    • Huggster says:

      Enthusiasm : A*

      Reality: D-

      Someone name me a game spin-off that was any good.

    • UW says:

      Gungrave
      Earthworm Jim

      Admittedly both animated but it can be done.

      Gungrave is an exceptional case because the game is absolutely terrible, and the TV series blew my mind. Especially the first thirteen episodes.

    • Xercies says:

      The stalker movie is very slow…and i wouldn’t really watch it again any time soon. But it was i thought pretty damn good as a piece of cinema art…you don’t get the slow build up and the underlying alien creepiness of that movie really anymore. It also seemed very philosophical and i definitly loved the way he used black and white and colour to separate the two worlds.

    • telel says:

      It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out, at least, since Tarkovsky was apparently (and possibly by choice) working with an effects budget that wouldn’t buy a sparkler. I think the tunnel in the final shot was a reference to the Meat Grinder in Tarkovsky’s film, and that doesn’t bode too well since that sequence perfectly demonstrated the invisible horrors of the Zone, the new glowing green bits can only detract from it. Some electrical anomalies and psychic dogs could have added interest to the rest of the film though, which did drag a bit.

    • ed says:

      I love the Tarkovsky film for so many reasons.. Anyone who can handle slow pacing and ambiguity should check it out. It’s no ‘worse’ than, say, 2001 in that regard and is, to my mind, a rewarding and thought provoking watch. The wish granter is handled in a much more interesting way than in the game too.

      Generally speaking the Roadside Picnic universe, the film universe and the game\series universe are each quite different beasts with a few common threads.

    • Muzman says:

      I agree, but I think 2001 get a boost from having space ships and murderous AI. A lot of people seem to screen the rest out.

    • Kryopsis says:

      “I can only hope it won’t be anything like the Tarkovsky. No one needs to be subjected to that horrible piece of cinema.”

      No one needs to be subjected to your inane opinions but that doesn’t seem to stop you, does it?

    • DrGonzo says:

      The Tarkovsky movie does almost fit in with their universe. We just have to assume it’s a while before hand or afterwards. They have to avoid getting shot by the soldiers moving through the checkpoint at the start which resembles the checkpoint in the STALKER game. Although as someone said it’s not really clear what caused the zone in the film, but it’s not a nuclear power plant, although it was clearly suggesting that as it’s shown so prominently at the end.

  6. Atic Atac says:

    Roadside Picnic was a boring book. Funny how it’s made a great franchise though.

    • zaraf says:

      “Roadside Picnic was a boring book”

      No.

    • snitchy says:

      I thought it was an interesting book. There was a lot of ambiguity and a very abrupt ending. Not gonna lie though, I did fall asleep reading it at times. The pacing was a bit slow, but I suppose that was to invoke a feeling of the general lack of purpose that the main Stalker was feeling. I liked the setting and the interpretation of the debris that the Visitors left behind.

    • pistolhamster says:

      A boring book? What? It is one of the best sci-fi pieces I have read for ages. Perhaps the finest written by messieurs Strugatskij. I will agree that the movie made by Tarkovskij was somewhat – un-actiona-ey, but not boring-boring as such. It moved me enough to that I remember it today still.

      Roadsice Picnic, now don’t be calling that a bad book because it was really intense and well written (or translated, I do not read russian). I even bothered to pick up a stack of other forgotten Strugatskij-books after this. They were quite good too, but Roadside Picnic is outstanding, and I find that the STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl game captures much of the atmosphere it invoked in me quite nicely. At least the bit in the zone, I have not heard of any children called Monkey in the game :)

  7. Dreamhacker says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! :D

    I’m really looking forward to this! I’m also extremely relieved this isn’t a Hollywood production.

  8. Navagon says:

    Nice! What they’re showing so far is definitely very faithful to the games. Uncannily so. Worth keeping an eye on this.

  9. Jakkar says:

    A pity every actor in it has that ‘rabbit in the headlights’ wide eyed look that amateur actors adopt when they’re trying to look serious. It’s an affliction, and a contagious one at that :(

    Well, it could be fun, but very campy fun, and dubbing/subtitles will only make it worse.

    Good for them if it makes them money and gets them attention, and yay for more exposure of the Stalker/Roadside Picnic multiverse =)

  10. Chris says:

    Don’t just stand there, come in!

  11. Megazver says:

    As a Russian, this will most likely be tremendously shit. I hope I’m wrong and it’s merely mediocre.

  12. Budos says:

    I’ll wait for the Complete mod

  13. netsukemonkey says:

    Will the first season feature lots of bugs and CTD’s?

    But honestly – I do hope this is as good and as bleak as the STALKER games!

  14. Carr says:

    Never saw any black guy in the games

    • Navagon says:

      Black people in Russia: 2.

      As in 2. Not 2%. So the game is pretty accurate in that regard. But this being a TV thing aimed at western markets has got to be more politically correct. That means tracking down those two black people and forcing them against their will to participate in yet another political correctness exercise. They’ve now got to fit this in around all the corporate brochures they appear in.

    • Carr says:

      Hehe, can’t agree more with you.

    • Lans says:

      Yup, 2 black people in Russia: Vagner Love and Holden.

      I expect this to be real!

    • Saiko Kila says:

      Heh, if a black guy showed in a camp, everybody would stare at him, and then some would start shooting, taking him for anomaly.

    • Malleus says:

      @Saiko Kila
      Possible that the same thing would happen if a woman showed up. :D

    • karry says:

      “this being a TV thing aimed at western markets”
      Say what ?

      “has got to be more politically correct”
      Wait, wait, so not only will they have to insert a token nigra, i suppose they will also have to make him gay and/or paralyzed from the waist down ? Maybe even a tranny…
      No thanks.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Why would they make it politically correct? The zone is meant to be a horrible, brutal place political correctness would be quite silly, though I don’t see why their couldn’t be some black characters, people are meant to come from all around to get into the zone after all.

    • Muzman says:

      In the book the Zone(s) attracted adventure seekers from all over the world. This was a cool aspect.

  15. sadius551 says:

    This looks amazing. I’ve never played the games before, though, but I’ve always been intrigued.

    Any suggestions for which one to start on? Pripyat?

    • AndrewC says:

      Shadow Of Chernobyl has the closest to a ‘introductory’ story that eases you into the fiction, but is also the least user friendly and opaque of the games. Also would involve a whole bunch of patches and possibly mods to get it good and bug-free.

      Pripyat, in terms of story, just dumps you in a corner of the map and tells you to get on with it, but in terms of gameplay it is the most slick, and the easiest to understand if you are coming at it straight from, say, ‘Fallout 3′.

      There is an over-arching story, but it really, really isn’t that important in which order you play these things. I guess the Stalker hardcore will take SOC as the best, but Pripyat is just amazing and wonderful.

      Go for Pripyat first, that’s what I reckon.

    • Jonathan says:

      Start with the first one. Patch it or mod it if you like (I don’t really see the need for mods, but others rave about them). Pripyat is perhaps the best one (I’m not entirely convinced — I love the first, and haven’t had time to get to grips with Pripyat properly), but Pripyat kind of dumps you in the wilderness with no real instruction on what to do or how the game works. Some prior experience with Stalker would help.

    • Jonathan says:

      Oh great. Conflicto-opinion. We’re not helping at all!

    • perestroika says:

      i say go wtih shadows of chernobyl first. it has a special charm the others lack. call of pripyat is great and much more polished, but i find it boring as i play more and more of it, so far its the only one i haven’t finished. but like andrewc and jonathan said its the most accesible one of the bunch.

      clear sky should be the last one to play, its more action and less exploration [at least that's how it felt for me] than the other two.

      i tried the complete mod for shadows and it just didn’t feel right to me. so i say give it a try without mods first, and then if you think you need them, go for it? i don’t know. but i say go with shadows first.

    • AndrewC says:

      No, no, we’re sort of argreeing. SOC needs a bunch of fiddling to get it going right, which may be an automatic red flag to someone still looking to be convinced by the games. You’d want the lowest barrier to entry possible, which would be something like Pripyat.

      Mind you, SOC, being oldest, will be cheapest.

      I’d say, if you do go for SOC (which is an awesome, awsome game), make sure to keep going through the garbage dump level. Sooooo many people give up there, because the game doesn’t give much of an idea of what you are supposed to be doing, or why things are happening. Keep going!

      Also I’d say, if in doubt, trust AndrewC. He seems like a smart guy.

    • choie says:

      Start with SOC. Admittedly, I haven’t played the others (my old PC won’t run ‘em, though I’m dying to play Pripyat) but I just want to assure you that SOC isn’t as buggy as it used to be. By the time I bought it from Steam in 2008 or 2009, the game seemed to have been fixed of whatever bugs people had been having — I had literally no problems whatsoever running this, without any mods or patches. And it’s an excellent, challenging, haunting game. Tough to start with due to difficult-handling weapons, but they feel realistic; I wouldn’t expect guns to work brilliantly after lying around in the Zone for years. (I even like the storyline and main character, which apparently a lot of people don’t. So maybe I’m just a weirdo.)

    • Overwatch_UA says:

      Go with SOC.

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d add that the first time I played through SoC I did it vanilla with no patches (none were out then), and it was perfectly enjoyable.

    • AndrewC says:

      So we can agree that you can start with any of them as long as they aren’t Clear Sky?

    • DrGonzo says:

      I will just join in the discussion to screw this up some more. No, I would say start with SOC, then Clear Sky, then stop. Pripyat, ran like shit for me, had an extraordinary amount of bugs, I never had any issues with the first two. Also, I think that by the time I got round to Pripyat I was a bit bored of it, it is essentially the same game 3 times but tweaked a little bit.

      I do plan on returning to Pripyat in a few months, hopefully then the bugs will be sorted out.

    • Nick says:

      I’ve tried with lots of mods and I still didn’t enjoy Clear Sky, so I gave up on that one, but I loved SoC and CoP both.

    • Vodkarn says:

      “Any suggestions for which one to start on? Pripyat?”

      I’m going to be a total Heretic here and say Clear Sky.

      It is the most linear, so it’s the easiest to learn on; it gets you used to using ‘guides’ frequently; the starting zone is, appropriately, the best to learn on, and the story and overall pacing is the worst, so you know it only gets better.

    • HeavyStorm says:

      Not meaning to add wood to the pyre, but, I had the same question in my mind. In fact, I began with CoP and then realized that it mentions SoC on the intro, which make me run back to it.

      I’m playing shadows and have just went through the tunnel with the incredibly hard anomaly (the lightning) one and then found the second camp. Problem is, the game is sucking right now. Too hard (although I’m playing at veteran level), bad quests so far (help X, collect Y), and I’m not feeling immersed at all.

      Is that just the beginning or is the game like that? Should I go to CoP instead?

      And what about the mods? Which ones could improve my experience?

    • Arglebargle says:

      I’d say start with SoC. Throw in texture upgrades appropriate for your computing setup. Personally, I can’t play any of the Stalkers without blowouts enabled, so I’d mod it, even for the first go around. Stalker Complete mod is probably the easiest one stop shop (relatively speaking). Clear Skies has some real issues, both story and mechanics, and at a certain point I wasn’t interested enough to continue to the end. Might be a decent idea to start on Clear Skies, do the intro, and then head to SoC.

      I have five installations of Stalker on my computer now (CS, CoP, Stalker Complete, Oblivion Lost and Priboi’s Story), and have bought it four times now. Guess that makes me a fanbuoy.

  16. sadius551 says:

    Hahahaha, well, I guess I could read-up on the fiction and story of the first and then just buy Pripyat, since that might be less complicated overall.

    So it’s essentially a Fallout-esque game/Fallout is a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-esque game?

    • Ted says:

      in that you explore the area, but also have a relatively clear objective (find what happened to the choppas) and that the world has hostile and non-hostile mutants and people.], its rather open-ended with side-quests, etc.

      but unlike fallout, no EXP/levelling, you get stronger only by finding better equipment/artifacts.

    • fuggles says:

      Depends – I enjoyed the setting of SoC a lot more and especially the way it ramped up towards the end. It is definitely scarier than pripyat and has more distinct locations and a better plot.

      You will probably love or hate STALKER either way, so it might be smartest just to go for the cheapest one, however my vote would be for SoC as it feels like the introductory game and pripyat very much feels like a farewell to the zone (v1). Both good games, but I like back on SoC more fondly, mostly owing to the diversity of locales and things to do. Wish my PC would run complete though – bah.

  17. Big D 101 says:

    Based on how many people I saw reading the books from the times I have spent in Russia this is a no brainer really, they love the STALKER series.

    I’m glad its not been Hollywood-ised!

  18. Ovvno says:

    This is either going to be ace or completely shit, please let it be the first…

  19. nine says:

    If this comes to fruitition this will be a semi-goofy low budget action series like Stargate in early seasons. Well, that’s my prediction. But I have low hopes and therefore hope to be pleasantly surprised!

  20. kenoxite says:

    Unbelievable. Weird. Amazing.

    Even if the TV series sucks it will be worth to see the Zone in real life footage. Hell, I even enjoyed The Witcher (or Hexxer, or whatever, based on the books, not the game) TV series. And that was painful at times. But painful good.

  21. Xercies says:

    Looks like what most student film makers do on there fist short, use the unis greenscreen and heavily use After affects for the special effects. Making it look a little amerterish. but we’ll see if its any good.

  22. Collic says:

    Get out of here, Stalker

  23. Sidorovich says:

    Stalker? What the hell?!

  24. Nikolaj says:

    I’m getting that early 90′s vibe from the trailer. Still, it could be interesting, at least.

  25. Kast says:

    I think the acid test will be how/how well they portray the Bloodsucker.

    Bring it on, the world is watching.

  26. JB says:

    Is it just me, or does the guy in the first photo look a bit like Bernard Cribbins, The Zone Edition?

  27. Fumarole says:

    I’ll be very disappointed if it doesn’t include some of these folks, even just as extras:

    http://sdmobile.livejournal.com/19843.html

  28. your evil twin says:

    It looks like the story is a new plot, involving a bunch of prisoners being forced to do some form of work in the zone; but the setting looks amazingly faithful, so I guess this is a sequel or prequel or alternate story set in the same world as the games. The anomaly detecter in the first few seconds is straight out of Clear Sky and Pripyat; the Stalker suit at 22 seconds looks just like one from some box art; the red blowout effect is perfect; and I think that’s a great big flame anomaly at 50 seconds in. Funnily enough the electrical anomaly looks like the one from Metro 2033, which is pretty cool.

    Some bits of it looks a bit low budget or amateur; The slow motion bits look bad, especially the slow motion bit showing a tunnel with green lit water. But then I’m not used to Urkranian/Russian TV! In fact it reminded me a bit of a 70s or 80s British tv series, with more impressive special effects. Given the quality of stuff like 70s series Edge of Darkness, that’s fine by me.

    Also, the nice thing about watching something in another language is it can be harder to tell when the acting or writing isn’t very good, all you’ve got to go on are subtitles. (A lot of people insist on watching Japanese anime with subtitles rather than dubbed, because a bad dub can ruin it; but how do you know the original Japanese dialogue or acting was actually that good?)

  29. Moonracer says:

    the show could work. My main complaint with the trailer is there seemed to be too many bumbling/scared characters. I always felt like everyone who got in the zone was at least a bit hardened.

  30. cine.ast says:

    A TV-series of STALKER will be a total rip-off since the whole setting is based on a movie from Andrey Tarkovskiy named – guess what – “Stalker” made in 1979. Bummer!
    you can check that at internet movie database ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079944/ )

    so they can stick all this fancy “new” ideas about a Stalker-tv-series and real life footage of the zone up theirs !!
    bloody remake-merchandise crap!

    • ZamFear says:

      @cine.ast:

      Chill out and read a book.

    • cine.ast says:

      @ZamFear:

      yeah sorry for the outburst.
      of course you’re right – Tarkovskiy didn’t invent the setting. It was the time when movies used to be based on books. But nonetheless a lot of the visual material from the movie can be found in the game too – i found the game was already a strong simplification of the whole scenario to make it compatible for the masses (of gamers).
      A shooter with a rather thin story line compared with book or movie (like so many fps). I think it’s very likely that a tv series based on this games would even be more shallow.
      For me this anouncement sounds like just another way to make some more money with the Stalker franchise – but not by creating something new.

  31. lethu says:

    Excited as well as worried about this, the trailer could have used some better editing skills, but isn’t a good movie with a bad trailer better than a bad movie with a good trailer after all?

  32. Muzman says:

    Interesting. Looks a little cheap in some respects (I guess it would be. Even Valve and Blizzard would probaby have a tough time scraping together the scratch for a full scale TV show). May not be the end of the world though (ar ar).
    They seem to be going back to before the games if I guess right.

    • Adam Whitehead says:

      Blizzard could do it, especially if they started with a mini-series backdoor pilot thing (like BSG’s) to test the waters. BSG’s pilot cost $5 million if I remember, which Blizzard could fund from less than one month’s profits from WoW subs alone. If they did it as a co-production with another company, it’d cost them even less and if it bombed they could, in the grand scheme of things, shrug it off. Whether Blizzard or Activision would be interested in doing it is unknown.

      They’d also be limited to just doing STARCRAFT, since the WARCRAFT movie rights are with Sam Raimi who’s developing a WoW movie and DIABLO would probably not make a good TV series.

    • Muzman says:

      BSG was pretty cheap show, particularly at the start, being mostly sets and CG. Things like Lost and 24 cost loads more than that (even Ugly Betty has a kind of insane greenscreen budget).
      But yeah, depending on what sort of production Blizzard are probably in the pink enough to handle it. They might even be up to an animated show, if the rendering was slightly less fancy than the cutscenes.

  33. your evil twin says:

    I’ve always thought Half-Life would work best as a TV series rather than a movie. The Black Mesa incident could be the whole first season – it could be done close to “real time” kinda like 24, and the Opposing Force/Blue Shift/Decay expansion pack characters provide a perfect template for secondary characters having secondary adventures elsewhere. So only a quarter of the show would star Gordon Freeman and he could only have a few words of dialogue each episode. (He’s in shock.)

    So yeah, Valve, take a leaf out of GSC’s books and do the Half-Life tv series. Or web series. Animate it TF2/garry’s mod style.

  34. msarge says:

    Everyone is saying they are so glad that “Hollywood” isn’t making this show, but has anyone been watching The Walking Dead. I say that’s proof that “Hollywood” is capable of a good adaptation.

    • karry says:

      I’ve been holding out for years, trying not to be swept by waves of fanboyism about those “stellar” USian shows everyone speak so highly of. First i watched BSG, barely finished 1st season, i just couldnt empathise with any character, each and every one i was absolutely disgusted with. Couldnt stand it. Same thing with Lost, except i couldnt even finish 10 episodes. Yeah, i know, the laws of drama and all that, flawed characters are more interesting than the perfect ones, blah blah. Except USians stepped too far. Lately, any USian show i watch – its about some double-faced scum. Or a shameless lying cheating slut (there is at least one in EVERY USian show, truly a nation of whores). Or a stoner.

      If that’s the alternative i get on TV 24/7 – I’ll just keep watching anime, thanks.

    • Heynes says:

      It’s funny that you mention the whole bit about flawed characters then going on about anime – I guess some people just want to be as far removed from reality as possible.

    • poop says:

      lol you judged all non anime TV on two completely mediocre series that a couple nerds love

      watch some HBO/AMC broski

  35. Kryopsis says:

    Personally I find this baffling. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series is a loose adaptation of Roadside Picnic/Stalker film but an adaptation nonetheless. If anything, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a more explicit take on Roadside Picnic, with guns, monsters etc. It’s a corruption of the source material, to make it more ‘action-packed’, as GSC Game World said. Having grown up reading Soviet science-fiction, I see S.T.A.L.K.E.R. no different from Electronic Arts/Visceral Games’ Dante’s Inferno adaptation. Despite the popularity of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise in Eastern Europe, there are many who, like me, find it distasteful.

    tl;dr – It’s just like a Hollywood adaptation of a good drama into a summer blockbuster.

    • pistolhamster says:

      Kryopsis, I went and borrowed a few of the Strugatskij brother’s books after having played STALKER, then read Roadside Picnic. I found that one and The Forest (or snail trails or what ever it is called) very good. Can you recommend other russian sci-fi writers of high quality?

    • coldwave says:

      @Kryopsis

      Stalker is not an adaptation of a book, it was just a source of inspiration, nothing more.

      Movie has nothing to do with game at all.

  36. Justin says:

    If you go to the kinostalker.com website and look at the Stills section, the underground music from the game plays in the background. I left that page open in a tab on the browser, and noticed my office seemed a bit… creepier.

    Has anyone seen this music as a separate sound file? I work at an old salt mine; it would be entertaining to play this on headphones on my next trip down…

  37. Tyrone Slothrop. says:

    To appropriate a quote by Dawkins quoting another scientist;

    Tarkovsky’s Stalker is an unmitigated masterpiece of cinema. If you disagree, you can fuck off.

  38. Bib Fortuna says:

    Interesting…

    A tv movie thas was inspired by a videogame that was inspired by a movie that was inspired by a book.

  39. Fullbleed says:

    Looks a little bit too gung ho and action orientated, it should really just focus on capturing the soul crushingly depressing atmosphere and the terrifyingly offsettling errieness of the world. It looks very low budget and very amaturish, only one of those should be a problem. The more like the film it can be the better.

  40. Στέλιος says:

    Would they add the Ganja Faction *(aka Clear Sky’s Freedom) or will that make it too Cheech & Chong?
    But seriously I almost wet my pants (no, I do not mean my trousers for all you coolonials).

  41. Gabbo says:

    Hate the ‘look’ of it, like a too brightly lit sound stage and not a ruined wilderness. The idea could be interesting for a TV show, but it looks like a cheap Stargate SG1 from that trailer.
    STALKER is becoming like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to me, where no one particular medium resembles the other, but they all sort of fit together in one overarching canon.

  42. dragon_hunter21 says:

    I think this just pushed “Learning Russian” up on my to-do list from “Maybe something to do in college if time permits” to “Saving up money for a copy of Rosetta Stone”.

    Hopefully this show will focus on how the Zone came to be. That’s something I’d love some backstory on, and there’s quite the potential in terms of plot. Day-in-day-out life in the Zone might not have all the excitement… Although there are quite a few plotlines to be had, to be sure.

  43. John Q. Arbuckle says:

    Everyone will be happy to know that John Travolta owns the rights for Roadside picnic . Haw

  44. Hitchhiker says:

    I’m from the US and I have to say that I am also very happy the series isn’t being made here. It seems lately the main purpose of Hollywood is to take another country’s awesome work and ruin it much like the SyFy channel has done to several great British series. I’ve read the English translation of Roadside Picnic I liked it very much. It had it’s slow moments and I do wish there had been more time actually spent in the zone but other than that I enjoyed the book enough to read it several times.

    I’ve watched the film by Tarkovsky several times as well and enjoyed the philosophical banter back and forth between the characters and the dark feel of the world the Stalker was forced to live in and I understood his reasons for feeling he had to do what he did even if he felt it was a lost cause. The scene at the end where he lays in his bed while his wife washes his face and comforts him really impressed me.

    My only hope is that the television series will be translated into English or even subtitled so I can watch it. I’ll reserve my judgement on the series until I’ve seen some of it.

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