Stray is being made into an animated movie!
Annapurna Animation will be adapting the award-winning game. The animation studio announced that the Stray movie will be a buddy comedy between a cat and a robot.
“This is a game that’s all about what makes us human, and there are no humans in it,” said Robert Baird of Annapurna Animation (via EW).
“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.”
Baird added that the Stray adaptation will be “hopepunk”, a subgenre of speculative fiction and art that shows optimism, gentleness, kindness, and collaboration to be effective weapons in the fight to create a better future.
“I love that term, hopepunk,” Baird said. “I think, if we are going to do this adaptation justice, this is going to be the first and greatest hopepunk movie that’s ever been made.”
The news of a Stray movie comes after the recent success of video game adaptations. Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie grossed over US$1 billion at the global box office since its release in April this year. In the world of TV, HBO’s adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us has earned multiple Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for leads Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.
The Stray movie is set to be helmed by Nick Bruno. Bruno recently directed Annapurna’s Nimona for Netflix.