A film is being developed based on the upcoming survival-horror video game “We Happy Few.”
Variety reports developer Compulsion Games has partnered with production company on dj2 Entertainment on the project. “Pitch Perfect” producer Gold Circle Entertainment is behind the adaptation.
Described as “a game of paranoia and survival, in a drugged-out, dystopian English city in 1964,” “We Happy Few” centers on the residents of Wellington Wells, who happily go about their lives with the use of government-enforced drugs, which hides a harsh and horrifying reality. The plot follows a newspaper clerk named Arthur Hastings who decides to stop popping pills and start getting answers about the mysteries that plague his town.
Guillaume Provost, head developer at Compulsion Games, said in a statement that the company was approached by the film’s producers with solid ideas to retain the game’s “menace, dark humor and central themes.”
The timing of the announcement on April 1 has left some skeptical about the film’s existence. However, Compulsion Games’ Twitter account assured the film isn’t a joke. “Not an April’s Fools folks. Also these things take years, you will see the game way before the movie comes out,” tweeted the developer.
“We Happy Few” entered its early access phase in July 2016. No official release date has been announced.