Movie Feature films have traditionally not been very good. From Mario Brotheres, to Tomb Raider, the problems have been many, and the good ones few and far between. Gold Circle Films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Pitch Perfect 2) has teamed up with DJ2 Entertainment Partners to bring the dystopian world of We Happy Few’s 1960’s England to life.

We Happy Few is a videogame set in an isolated English town in an “alternate 1960s” where government-imposed, drug-induced happiness masks gruesome violence and conceals a nefarious mystery. One resident, free of the drug’s effects, risks his life to learn why his home is a bizarre open-air prison.

We Happy Few 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. Thats quite a pedigree for a movie about a game with just about 10 hours of game play so far!

Guillaume Provost, head of the game’s developer, Compulsion Games said of the deal:

dj2 saw the video game before its release to fan and critical acclaim, and was immediately drawn to its unique world, aesthetic and characters. Dmitri, Stephan and Dan approached us enthusiastically and with really solid ideas about how to adapt our game to film, while retaining its menace, dark humor, and central themes. We’re gratified at how they and Gold Circle have taken to the project.”

The Studio responded:

“Our commitment is to make a movie that remains true to and expands on its great source material.” Gold Circle’s Paul Brooks adds, “As a Brit and a fan of shows like The Prisoner, the game’s social satire resonated with me. I wanted this project immediately and am truly pleased a relationship with dj2 and their Business Affairs exec, Howard Bliss, helped make that possible.”

Gold Circle and dj2 are currently out to writers for the project. 

What do you think? Do we need more video game movie adaptations? Some have been at least worth checking out, and the Tomb Raider series might even be called good. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.