We Happy Few Getting Film Adaptation

You’ll soon be able to partake in the Joy of Wellington Wells on the big screen.

1 month ago by Morgan Shaver in News

We Happy Few by Compulsion Games recently landed itself a movie deal with Gold Circle Entertainment and dj2 Entertainment (who’s also working on an adaptation of Sleeping Dogs). As of right now, the film adaptation is in the early stages of planning, meaning that there isn’t a lot of information available to speculate over. 

The film will likely center around the game’s central theme and atmosphere, rather than following game protagonist Arthur Hastings. This is probably for the best, however, as the game’s creepy concept is undoubtedly one of the coolest aspects of We Happy Few. The game is set in October of 1964 within an alternative timeline where Germany successfully invaded Great Britain in World War II.

This caused an extreme amount of anguish and guilt among the citizens of Wellington Wells. In an attempt to forget the past, they created a pill called Joy, which not only blurs your memory, but your perception of the world around you. Over time, Joy had a few strange side effects, namely the lack of understanding in relation to morality and consequences.

With so many citizens taking Joy, anyone who refused to use the drug became known as Downers. After Arthur Hastings refuses to take his Joy, he realizes he needs to try and make an escape before the citizens can catch him and beat him to death. The game’s aesthetic feels akin to BioShock or Fallout 4 in that it’s set in a dystopian 1960s setting filled with various high-tech gadgets and gizmos.

We Happy Few is certainly a dark game, but one that feels very rich and fleshed out. Overall, we can’t wait to see what direction Compulsion Games, Gold Circle Entertainment, and dj2 Entertainment decide to take We Happy Few in when it’s adapted to film.

What do you think of We Happy Few receiving a film adaptation? Would you see it in theaters? Let us know in the comments below!

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