Though it's still only in early access, dystopian survival title We Happy Few is already the subject of some big film plans. Variety reports that a film adaptation of the game is now in the works, potentially bringing the eerie story of the dysfunctional English town to the silver screen.
Developer Compulsion Games has partnered up with dj2 Entertainment and Pitch Perfect producer Gold Circle Entertainment on the project, but it sounds like the process is still in the early stages. That said, Compulsion Games' head developer, Guillaume Provost, seems confident about the idea, telling Variety the project's produces have "solid ideas about how to adapt our game to film while retaining its menace, dark humor, and central themes"
We Happy Few's story is a pretty dark affair that centers on a dystopian English town in the 1960s. The government keeps citizens in a state of permanent drug-induced happiness in order to cover up a reality that is anything but pleasant. We'll have to take a wait-and-see approach on whether the game's premise will break the legacy of video game film adaptations, but it certainly sounds like an intriguing prospect.
For now, you can get an early look at We Happy Few via the Game Preview program on Xbox One.
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Love the game, could see it working well as a movie. Want to finish the game though. I could see the movie coming out before the game is finished at this pace.
Neat. I always thought the gameplay looked awful, but that the premise of the plot was neat. Thought it seemed better as a movie than a game.
This sounds like a great idea, actually. The best parts of We Happy Few were the premise, setting, story, music, and ambience. If they can replicate that in a movie and make it tightly focused, it could be pretty good.
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