Popular Video Game Stray Is Set To Receive A Movie Adaptation



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  • An animated movie adaptation of Stray is currently in the works at Annapurna Animation.
  • Ice Age director and Nemona co-director will lead the adaptation.
  • It is currently unclear if the adaptation will retell the events of the game or will be an entirely new adventure.

Stray, a popular single-player game nominated for the Game of the Year 2022, is set to receive an animated feature film. It was reported by EW that Annapurna Animation, a branch of Annapurna Interactive that published Stray, is currently working on an adaptation of the game. Chris Wedge, Ice Age director, and Nick Bruno, Nimona co-director, are handling the movie adaptation.

Annapurna Animation debuted with Nimona, a novel adaptation directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno. Nimona was released on June 14, 2023. The movie received a fair share of success, with a rating of 7.6 on IMDb and a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Annapurna Animation has now set its sights on Stray adaptation, a game that rocked the internet in 2022.

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Stray is an adventure game that follows the story of a stray cat that falls into a dystopian city that is full of all kinds of dangers. Now, our cat friend has to find a way back alongside its drone companion and solve the puzzles and mysteries of the walled city. Stray was initially released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC in July 2022 and was later released on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One on August 10, 2023.

In Stray, you play as a cat in a dystopian world.
In Stray, you play as a cat in a dystopian world.

For now, the release date of the feature film hasn’t been announced yet, but it is confirmed to be under development. The movie might retell the adventure from the game, or we might see another story involving the cat and B-12, its drone companion. For now, it is difficult to speculate what we might see in the upcoming adaptation. However, Robert Baird from Annapurna Animation said in a statement,

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.”

With a lead like that at the helm, the upcoming animated adaptation of Stray appears to be in good hands. Are you also excited about the movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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