An animated movie about the Stray video game is in the works
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An animated movie about the Stray video game is officially in the works.
The game was a massive fan favorite of 2022.
Developed by BlueTwelve Studio and published by Annapurna Interactive, it centers around the story of a cat who must return to his family after falling into a dystopian world full of robots and carnivorous bacteria.
You get to play as the cat, which was a welcome change from the regular human characters that players are used to.
But it has become so popular that Annapurna Animation is looking at developing a movie about it.
Entertainment Weekly says the project is in 'active development' but we don't know when we can expect to see it on the big screen.
Annapurna Animation co-boss Robert Baird told the outlet: "This is a game that's all about what makes us human, and there are no humans in it.
"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."
We've seen some incredible films over the years about animals, including Super Pets, The Lion King and Babe.
Here's hoping we see a similar success with Stray.
Baird loved that the video game had what's called 'hopepunk', which is a positive deviation from the brutality of steam punk franchises.
He's excited at Stray being the first 'hopepunk movie that's ever been made'.
But the game had some real-world positive impacts after it became a household name.
Annapurna Interactive teamed up with two cat charities to rescue real-life homeless cats through a special giveaway.
Nebraska Humane Society and Cats Protection called on gamers to donate to the animal shelters for their chance to win a PS4 or PS5 code to get their hands on a copy of Stray.
Marketing specialist at the Nebraska Humane Society Brendan Gepson described the fundraiser as 'very successful' as it raised more than USD $8,000 (AUD 11,450).