Video games have served as a basis for several movies, with an erratic success rate at the box office. While the storied franchise of “Resident Evil” video games has given birth to fourteen years of films within a parallel universe to its own gaming universe, other contenders like “Assassin’s Creed” have failed to bring in notable profits. Despite the shaky odds that game-based film adaptations have fostered, some studios remain hopeful.
At least one of these impending video game adaptations greatly differs a great deal from its forebears; the survivor-horror title “We Happy Few” is up for a film adaptation. Beyond the source material’s rather distinct setting, aesthetic and premise, the We Happy Few film differs from previous game adaptations by being derived from an independent title, rather than a game produced by a major studio or belonging to an established franchise. The basic setting of the source material is a small ’60s English town whose populace is pacified by chemicals. The game’s premise is one of dark humor, paranoia, madness and survival as the player’s character struggles to escape without alerting suspicions.
While the video game was produced by Compulsion Games, We Happy Few’s film will be handled by dj2 Entertainment and Gold Circle Entertainment. Its production team consists of Gold Circle’s Paul Brooks and dj2’s Dmitri M. Johnson and Dan Jevons. Stephan Bugaj, also from dj2, will serve as the film’s executive producer. Gold Circle’s cinematic body of work includes “Pitch Perfect” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” As things currently stand, there has been no announcement of a screenwriter or director for the project.
News that We Happy Few is getting a film treatment should bring joy to fans of video games and horror. It is also heartening to learn that even indie games can garner enough attention that studios want to bring it to the silver screen, possibly bringing even more attention to the titles produced beyond the influence of major game studios. That being said, We Happy Few’s film is still very young and much could happen between now and the time of its completion.