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Indie Hit Game Stray Is Being Turned Into A Movie

Annapurna Animation leads the 2022 sci fi cat sim onto the silver screen

Digital studio and publisher Annapurna Interactive is turning indie hit Stray into a film helmed by Annapurna Animation, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

“This is a game that’s all about what makes us human, and there are no humans in it,” Annapurna Animation boss Robert Baird said.

“It’s a buddy comedy about a cat and a robot, and there’s such a hilarious dynamic. So, there’s comedy inherent in this, but there’s not one human being in this movie. I think it’s one of the reasons why the game was incredibly popular, that you are seeing the world through the point of view of an adorable cat. How did they pull that off, and how are we going to pull that off in the movie? We will, even though sometimes it feels impossible, but we know that’s the essence of the game and the key to telling the story.”

The launch trailer for the game

Fellow Annapurna Animation leader Andrew Millstein added: “First off, it is just wildly popular. People engage in the game for a variety of reasons, and I think for us at Annapurna, working with different creative people, it’s a puzzle. What is it about this game that is so popular? Then the question is, how do you adapt a game into longform storytelling that is incredibly respectful to the game itself and the audiences, but then also is film worthy? The process of that is always part of the challenge.”

Stray launched in July 2022.

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