Producers Gold Circle Films and DJ2 Entertainment announced a partnership to adapt the indie game, We Happy Few as a feature film.We Happy Few is being produced by Dmitri M. Johnson and Dan Jevons with DJ2 Entertainment’s Stephan Bugaj executive producing. DJ2 Entertainment saw the game before it released, immediately being drawn to We Happy Few’s unique world, aesthetic and characters. Guillaume Provost, head of We Happy Few’s developer, Compulsion Games said the trio of producers approached them enthusiastically and with solid ideas about how to adapt the game into a film. Compulsion Games is gratified with how they and Gold Circle have taken to the project.
Gold Circle Films is an American independent film production company. The studio mainly romance or horror films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding or The Haunting in Connecticut. DJ2 Entertainment is a Transmedia production team that works with other companies to adapt a variety of different gaming intellectual properties into feature films. A few of their other notable upcoming projects are the Life is Strange movie planned for this year with Square Enix and Legendary Digital Studios along with Sony’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film planned for 2018.
Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few is a survival horror game developed for Xbox One and PC. The game takes place in the fictional English city of Wellington Wells following an alternate timeline of events within The Second World War where society has become a dystopian, drug-fueled society. Citizens of Wellington Wells began taking a hallucinogenic drug called “Joy” which causes happiness but also leaves people being easily controllable and lacking in morality. Players control a character who becomes dubbed as a “Downer” after choosing to stop using the drug and must try to survive long enough to escape the city before its collapse. The game blends together many elements found in RPG and survival and light rouge-like elements. Compulsion Games placed focus on strong narratives and gameplay underlined by a sense of paranoia and morally grey decisions.
We Happy Few’s live-action movie is currently planned for some time in 2019.