Outlet Entertainment Weekly has announced that an animated movie based on the BlueTwelve Studio-developed cat-adventure game Stray is in development. Exact details on what the film will comprise weren’t provided, but there were some staff comments.
One of the narrative concepts of Stray referenced here is “hopepunk,” which is resisting via optimism. Embracing this idea is seemingly at the helm of the project.
Annapurna Animation member Andrew Millstein stated the following regarding why this title has been decided upon for an adaptation out of Annapurna Interactive’s catalog:
“This is a game that’s all about what makes us human, and there are no humans in it. It’s a buddy comedy about a cat and a robot, and there’s such a hilarious dynamic. So, there’s comedy inherent in this, but there’s not one human being in this movie. I think it’s one of the reasons why the game was incredibly popular, that you are seeing the world through the point of view of an adorable cat.
How did they pull that off, and how are we going to pull that off in the movie? We will, even though sometimes it feels impossible, but we know that’s the essence of the game and the key to telling the story.”
“…First off, it is just wildly popular. People engage in the game for a variety of reasons, and I think for us at Annapurna, working with different creative people, it’s a puzzle. What is it about this game that is so popular? Then the question is, how do you adapt a game into longform storytelling that is incredibly respectful to the game itself and the audiences, but then also is film worthy? The process of that is always part of the challenge.”
You can view additional details via Entertainment Weekly’s coverage.
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