Final 12 months, the web and avid gamers went wild over Stray, a platformer about a lone cat wandering round a futuristic metropolis. Now, Annapurna’s animation studio is actively growing an animated movie based mostly on 2022’s most well-known cat recreation.
Stray was first introduced through the 2020 PS5 reveal occasion, and it instantly went viral on account of the truth that folks on-line like cats. Oh, and the sport—which stars a cute cat—regarded very good. In our overview of Stray, former Kotaku traitor author Ari Notis referred to as the sport a “deeply profound meditation on what it means to be alive,” and praised its city exploration by dense environments. Anyway, a “profound” expertise starring a cat in a robotic metropolis sounds prefer it may make for a reasonably good film, which might be why it’s turning into a film.
On Tuesday, Leisure Weekly solely revealed that Annapurna Animation—the animated movies division of Annapurna—is growing a function movie based mostly on Stray. In line with EW, this is only one of many upcoming movies from the studio, following the success of its first function on Netflix, Nimona.
“It is a recreation that’s all about what makes us human, and there aren’t any people in it,” Annapurna Animation boss Robert Baird mentioned.
“It’s a buddy comedy a couple of cat and a robotic, and there’s such a hilarious dynamic. So, there’s comedy inherent on this, however there’s not one human being on this film. I feel it’s one of many explanation why the sport was extremely well-liked, that you’re seeing the world by the perspective of an lovable cat. How did they pull that off, and the way are we going to drag that off within the film?”
Baird advised EW that though it at instances feels “unattainable” to recreate that perspective in a movie, they need to as its “essence of the sport” a key to its recognition.
Why Annapurna picked Stray for its first game-to-film adaptation
In line with the parents at Annapurna Animation, the corporate has plans to adapt different Annapurna Interactive indie hits into films, although stopped in need of telling the EW which different video games had been on the desk.
Nevertheless, Annapurna Animation’s different head honcho, Andrew Millstein, did clarify Stray was picked first for adaptation as a result of it’s simply “wildly well-liked.”
“Folks have interaction within the recreation for a wide range of causes, and I feel for us at Annapurna, working with totally different artistic folks, it’s a puzzle,” defined Millstein. “What’s it about this recreation that’s so well-liked? Then the query is, how do you adapt a recreation into longform storytelling that’s extremely respectful to the sport itself and the audiences, however then is also movie worthy? The method of that’s all the time a part of the problem.”
No particular launch window was given for Stray’s function movie adaptation, nor was it introduced if the movie will come to Netflix or different streamers first, or if will probably be a theatrical launch.
Whilst you anticipate Stray the movie, you’ll be able to all the time play Stray the sport, which is at the moment out on PS5, PS4, Xbox Collection X/S, Xbox One, and PC. Or don’t.