We Happy Few isn’t even out of Early Access yet but is already generating quite a bit of buzz. While the game’s earliest players aren’t in love with the survival/stealth title’s somewhat limited gameplay, they are all raving about its indescribable dystopian environment and visual design.
The game’s presentation qualities must be even better than the early word would lead you to believe because We Happy Few has already been optioned for a film adaptation.
According to Variety, Gold Circle Entertainment has signed on to produce a movie based on developer Compulsion Games’ Early Access hit. Joining Gold Circle’s Paul Books on the production front will be Dmitri M. Johnson andDan Jevons from dj2 Entertainment.
It doesn’t sound like the project is very far along at present. Currently, the production studios are seeking screenwriters. There’s no word on whether or not Compulsion Games will be part of the actual creative process, but it was noted that dj2 were “enthusiastic” when they brought the pitch to the developers.
“(dj2 Entertainment) approached us enthusiastically with really solid ideas about how to adapt our game to film while retaining its menace, dark humor, and central themes,” said Guillaume Provost, head developer of Compulsion. Dj2 CEO Dmitri Johnson also states that the studio’s goal is to remain true to the game’s source material.
Dj2 is also producing adaptations based on Sleeping Dogs and Sonic the Hedgehog.
We Happy Few isn’t exactly a billion dollar gaming franchise, which makes the news that a film studio is interested in it – or has even heard of it – quite a shock. However, when you look at the game’s unique take on ’60s England wherein the government has sedated the populace in order to conceal a great mystery…well, there might be some similarities between the modern hot-button political issues and the game’s setting.
Besides, the best aspects of We Happy Few seem to be tailor-made for a film. This could actually be a video game adaptation worth keeping an optimistic eye on.