2013 indie game Papers, Please – with its theme of immigration in the fictional Eastern Bloc style land of Arstotzka and subdued visual style – is not the most obvious candidate for a jump to film. But according to the game's developer, Lucas Pope, work is underway on a short movie and it actually looks pretty intriguing.
It's a project by Nikita and Liliya Ordynskiy, and while you shouldn't expect it appear at the local AMC anytime soon we'll probably get to watch it via YouTube once it's finished. The subject matter, the predicament of an immigration inspector who has to choose between protecting his job, his family and helping those victimized by draconian border control laws, does feel timely.
24 year old Nikita Ordynskyi is a director, screenwriter, producer and editor and his previous short films include Gorbatov: Dragged, Dragged And Will Drag and On Its Wave.
Pope says he is really looking forward to the film. He's currently working on Return Of The Obra Dinn, a 3D first-person mystery game set on an merchant ship in 1808.