Useless by Daylight is getting the online game adaptation therapy. Atomic Monster (Aquaman director James Wan’s manufacturing firm) and Blumhouse (the famed horror manufacturing firm behind Megan and Get Out) introduced on March 2 that they’re working with developer Behaviour Interactive on a characteristic movie adaptation of Useless by Daylight (h/t Selection).
Useless by Daylight is a 4v1 asymmetrical horror recreation that has a passionate fanbase. It usually debuts new characters and villains which might be tie-ins with fashionable horror franchises like Resident Evil and Stranger Issues. Final yr Behaviour Interactive launched a Useless by Daylight courting sim. Does this paint a transparent sufficient image?
The DBD film announcement comes not lengthy after Blumhouse declared plans to launch its personal online game studio devoted to creating horror video games. Blumhouse Video games will produce indie horror video games with budgets of $10 million or much less—the preliminary growth of Useless by Daylight reportedly price $2 million, so possibly Behaviour can even provide Blumhouse some recommendation whereas serving to with the DBD film.
Wan is finest often called a horror director and author (his credit embrace the a lot–memed 2021 movie Malignant, The Conjuring and Insidious franchises, and Noticed I and III), however he’s additionally directed some big-budget blockbusters like Livid 7 and Aquaman. Wan even contributed to the story for final yr’s cult hit, Megan.
According to the press release, the two companies are looking for a director and screenwriter, so it seems Wan may not be set to helm the Dead by Daylight film. But a girl can dream—Wan has demonstrated a keen understanding of the thin line between horror and humor, which is tonally perfect for a DBD film. Plus, he seems genuinely excited per the press release:
In Dead by Daylight the Behaviour team has created a love letter to the world of horror, building an incredible environment teeming with atmosphere and terrifying villains — perfect for a scary cinematic adaptation. We’re big fans of the game at Atomic Monster, and are thrilled to be teaming up with Blumhouse to bring this frighteningly visceral world to the big screen.
It’s unclear just how Dead by Daylight will translate to film considering there’s virtually no in-game narrative and an entire cast of scary monster villains like The Wraith, The Trickster, The Hag, and more. But I’d bet some money that the film will follow a scrappy cast of snarky teens (think Bodies, Bodies, Bodies) who have to try and outwit and outlast a big baddie. Jury is out on whether that’ll be good, but considering how popular The Last of Us series is, expect DBD to be just the beginning of a new push for video game adaptations. Hold on to your hats.