A little while ago, we were hearing that some of Take-Two’s game franchises had been licensed out for film adaptation. Now we’re hearing that another game has been pegged for a movie, but for once it’s not a big name studio’s game. Rather, it’s Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few that is due to be put onto the big screen.
For those unaware of just what We Happy Few is, it’s a game set in the 1960s in an alternative history where Germany won WWII and then something happened that the people around you just want to forget. Now the world is filled with Wellies – people who spend their lives hopped up on a happiness drug called Joy; and Downers who are off their Joy. This world emphasizes being happy above most everything else and, well, Downers aren’t happy. And if someone isn’t happy then they have a chance of making others not happy too, and frankly Wellies can’t abide that. Oh no… not at all. It’s quite the creepy game.
The project for the film is apparently going to be helmed by Gold Circle Entertainment, the production company responsible for films such as Pitch Perfect and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Dj2 Entertainment are also involved and the project is in a very early pre-production stage, with dj2 and Gold Circle seeking writers for the film’s script.
Of course, this is no guarantee that we’ll ever see We Happy Few make it to completion as a film, given that video game movies tend to have a history of getting stuck in development hell and then usually not being great if it does make it to release. Fans of the game can take some solace though in that frankly if any game’s story and setting was great for Hollywood – it’s We Happy Few’s terrifying, dark alternate England. A lot of good films have been set in dystopian settings, so there’s a good chance they’ll be able to get it right here.
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