The ongoing trend of adapting video games into movies is starting to spin up into the limelight. Gone are the days of adaptations of famous titles being mocked by the public. Game adaptations now are good representations of the stories that games can tell, as well as finding ways to transfer the gameplay experience into film. With Blumhouse currently at work on the Five Nights at Freddy’s film, they’ve hooked a new IP: Dead by Daylight. Here are the latest details.
Blumhouse Acquires Dead by Daylight Film Rights
Behavior’s Asymmetrical horror game puts players in a cat-and-mouse chase right out of a classic slasher film. The concept is four survivors and one killer battling against one another to outwit and outmaneuver the other team. While the survivors have no way of fighting back, they have to rely on their wit. The Killer, meanwhile, needs to rely on their cunning to corner all four survivors before sacrificing them on a hook.
Rounds are short if players are familiar with how the game works, and intense for both sides. Now, Blumhouse and Atomic Monster are aiming to turn that concept into a film.
How that’s going to be done is still a mystery. In an interview with Variety, Blumhouse’s Jason Blum had this to say: “We know there are so many fans of ‘Dead by Daylight’ out there and think it’s imperative we find someone who appreciates and loves the world as much as we do, to help us bring the game to the big screen. We know our partners at Behaviour and Atomic Monster will help us bring the best version of this game to life.”
While this may be true, crafting a narrative out of Dead By Daylight is a tricky task, mostly due to the lore found in the game itself. That’s as well as the game’s inclusion of many licensed characters from titles like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Stranger Things, Scream, The Ring, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
With Blumhouse also opening its own game studio, perhaps it’s more in tune with Dead by Daylight than we might originally assume. Though, without a director or screenwriter signed on, the contents of the film are all speculative for now.