Supermassive’s PS4 hit “Until Dawn,” renowned for its interactive take on the teen slasher genre, is set to make its grand leap from the gaming console to the movie screen. This transformation is being spearheaded by Gary Dauberman, the creative mind behind the 2017 horror sensation Annabelle: Creation, and promises to be a thrilling addition to the horror movie landscape.
“Until Dawn,” released in 2015, captivated gamers with its unique blend of cinematic storytelling and player-driven narrative. Starring notable actors like Rami Malek and Hayden Panettiere, the game allowed players to steer the fate of its characters, deciding who would survive the nightmarish ordeal. Its success laid the groundwork for Supermassive’s Dark Pictures Anthology series, further cementing the studio’s reputation in interactive horror storytelling.
The decision to adapt “Until Dawn” into a movie might initially seem surprising, given that much of the game’s charm lies in its interactive elements and the player’s influence on the narrative. However, the film is being billed as an “R-rated love letter to the horror genre.” This description hints at a keen awareness of the game’s meta-commentary on horror tropes and a commitment to preserving the spirit of the original material.
A Team of Horror Visionaries
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the adaptation will be helmed by David F. Sandberg, director of Shazam! and Lights Out, marking his return to the horror genre after Annabelle: Creation. The screenplay, penned by Blair Butler of The Invitation fame, will be adapted by Gary Dauberman, known for his work on other horror hits like It, Annabelle, and The Nun. This collaboration between seasoned horror professionals and PlayStation Productions, alongside Screen Gems, suggests a deep understanding and respect for the source material.
As for the release timeline, details remain sparse, but the Until Dawn movie joins a growing list of PlayStation game adaptations. While some, like Sony’s Uncharted and Gran Turismo movies, met with mixed receptions, others, like HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us, achieved critical and commercial acclaim. The adaptation landscape continues to expand, with upcoming big-screen versions of Ghost of Tsushima, Jack and Daxter, Days Gone, and Gravity Rush, and TV adaptations of God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.