Annapurna Animation to adapt cyberpunk cat video game, Stray

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Amidst a few changes at its animation division, Annapurna has announced it is adapting the novel video game title Stray. 

Annapurna Animation has announced a few changes to its operation, including bringing Nimona director Nick Bruno in, as well as that film’s producer Julie Zackary, who will be the head of the division. Zackary was a former VP of production at Blue Sky Studios and will now be running Annapurna’s animation house.

There were a couple of project announcements too: Annapurna is developing Foo, the next animated feature from the renowned director of Ice Age, Chris Wedge. Bruno is also developing a project of his own too.

Perhaps most interesting though, is the reveal that Annapurna is developing an adaption of Stray, the video game about a stray cat trying to make its way home amid the perils and challenges of navigating a futuristic cyberpunk city.

The game received lots of praise and a fair few awards too. Annapurna Animation’s Robert Baird had this to say about the project:

‘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.’

Exciting news then. We’re already dreaming of watching Stray and the recently-released Strays in a spiky-yet-adorable double feature. We’ll bring you more on any of the above projects as news emerges. .

Entertainment Weekly

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