The game tells the story of a person who wakes up in a butcher shop where a banana named Pedro tells them about the secret and nasty operations of the butcher shop. The banana then teaches the player to commit murder. The creator of My Friend Pedro, Victor Ågren, said the game was inspired by the works of Kolstad and Leitch and it’s a “dream come true” to see them adapt his game.“It’s hard to find the words to describe the journey this game has taken,” Ågren said in a statement. “‘A dream come true’ would be one way to put it – but in truth I could have never in a million years even began to imagine things to work out the way they have. The work of both Derek Kolstad and David Leitch (all the way back to his stunt days on films like The Matrix) has been a huge influence on shaping My Friend Pedro. To later find them attached to a TV-adaptation of the game boggles my mind. There must be something bigger at play here. As a solo developer tucked away in a small corner of the world, it really makes me think that as long as you create from the right place the result can reach even as far as the giants of Hollywood. Anything is possible and I truly can’t wait to see what’s next!”
The company behind the My Friend Pedro series is the same behind the recently announced Disco Elysium TV series adaptation. Devolver Digital Co-Founder Mike Wilson is happy to see indie games getting the Hollywood treatment.
“Major players in Hollywood have finally taken notice to the amazingly rich original worlds created by independent developers from around the world, especially games like the ones Devolver works on that don’t have to round off the edges for a mainstream audience,” Wilson said in a statement.
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Kolstad said back in May that he was pitching a My Friend Pedro series as well as an adaptation of the 2017 indie game Bendy and the Ink Machine.
My Friend Pedro was first released on PC and Switch in June 2019 and was later ported to Xbox One and PS4. In IGN’s review of the game, we said, “Like the John Woo movies that it successfully emulates, My Friend Pedro is all about the action – and that action is excellent.”
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who is already dreamcasting Lance Reddick in the role of the banana.