Compulsion Games' We Happy Few is the latest video game that is being adapted into a feature length film, according to Variety.
WHF is being produced by Paul Brooks' Gold Circle Films and dj2 Entertainment's Dmitri M. Johnson and Dan Jevons, with dj2's Stephan Bugaj executive producing.
dj2 Entertainment CEO Dmitri Johnson added: "Our commitment is to make a movie that remains true to the source material, while still surprising fans".
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. How well do you think it will translate into film? But that hasn't stopped the developers at Compulsion Games from making a movie deal. In the video game, players take the perspective of Arthur Hastings, a newspaper clerk that has stopped taking the mind-altering drug and begins to see the world for what it really is.
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Dj2 is also now working on Sleeping Dogs and Sonic the Hedgehog films.
"We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately awful people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial".
Like the game, the film is set in an isolated English town in an "alternate 1960s" where government-imposed, drug-induced happiness masks gruesome violence and conceals a nefarious mystery. The story revolves around one rebellious resident illegally free of the drug's effects, who risks his life to learn why his home is a freakish open-air prison.
I haven't played We Happy Few since it first entered Xbox Game Preview in August of past year, and at that stage it was definitely at the wonky end of a work in progress.