Supermassive Games’ universally acclaimed choice-centric horror hit Until Dawn is in the early stages of becoming a full-fledged movie adaptation. About time, too, what with the original still being in receipt of thousands upon thousands of active players. The question is, how well will Screen Gems be able to emulate the core features and capture the characters’ emotions and fates without losing track of its own originality? Therein lies a question that we’ll have to unpack over a series of shorter passages in order to solve. Care to read on? Here’s everything we currently know about the upcoming movie adaptation of Until Dawn.
Until Dawn Movie, Explained
To cut to the chase, the upcoming project is a direct movie adaptation of 2015’s Until Dawn by Supermassive Games, a studio best known for its contributions to the horror genre, which includes The Dark Pictures Anthology, The Quarry, and the newly announced The Casting of Frank Stone. The movie, which will revolve around the same characters and locations as its video game counterpart, will be produced under the Screen Gems label, a firm known for the Underworld series, as well as cult favorites including Resident Evil, Don’t Breathe, and Insidious: The Red Door.
In addition to the Until Dawn movie having Screen Gems in its hands, the adaptation will also feature David F. Sandberg as its director—an acclaimed figurehead who, prior to the announcement of Until Dawn, worked on titles such as Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation, and Shazam! Suffice it to say that, as far as experienced directors in this particular genre go, Sandberg certainly isn’t a stranger to it, nor is he one to turn down a potentially lucrative job, either — especially one that’s already harnessed millions in profits and global sales.
Aside from Sandberg having a crucial role in the production, word on the street is that Gary Dauberman, a writer who’s previously worked on titles such as The Conjuring, The Nun, and Annabelle, will also be on board to chalk out the outlines for the final script. So, quite a solid team of creators, all things considered.
Of course, while a lot of the details on the movie are still largely under wraps, it is believed that it’ll pay homage to the video game counterpart as best it can. In other words, we can expect something that’s “almost” identical to the PlayStation exclusive — only without the player choice and alternate endings.
If the movie adaptation does play its cards close to the chest, then it’ll likely follow the same seven characters from the video game, who’ll be subjected to a series of deadly events in the aftermath of Hannah and Beth’s tragic downfall, as well as the local Wendigo’s uprising from the pits of Blackwood Mountain.
To answer the question of whether or not it’ll have multiple endings — we don’t know. With that said, it seems that, while players did have the option to save certain characters and allow others to fall to their deaths, the movie will opt for something slightly more linear. But as for which characters will survive the Wendigo onslaught still remains something of a mystery.
Characters and Settings
Given the fact that Screen Gems is, at least from the sounds of it, aiming to emulate the video game’s original design, it’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing a lot of the same material. If this turns out to be true, then that means we’ll be seeing the return of all the same protagonists, which includes Mike, Josh, Hannah, Sam, Jessica, Emily, Beth, Matt, and Chris. What’s more, we can also expect to see return of Blackwood Mountain—a frozen location that once stood as the staging grounds for a series of tragic events pertaining to Beth and Hannah.
So, are we likely to see Rami Malek reprise his role as Josh in the upcoming movie adaptation? Who knows. Although a clear favorite in the eyes of the fans, nothing currently suggests that any of the original voice actors and character models will be returning to reignite the fires beneath their former egos. Here’s hoping, though, that if they do make a return, then they’ll give a performance that’s equally as impressive as their initial attempt as seen in 2015’s Until Dawn.
The Until Dawn movie is still a fair ways off, unfortunately, what with Screen Gems still looking to fill a few pairs of boots to accompany the likes of Sandberg and Dauberman during the rollout phase. Even still, if all goes according to plan, then we should, with any luck, see the survivors of Blackwood Mountain grace our screens at some stage in 2025 at the very earliest. Don’t quote us on that, though.
Regardless of the fact that it’ll still be some time before it arrives on the big screen, you can still check back in to Blackwood Mountain and relive all the original highlights over on PS4. Alternatively, you can check out the likes of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, or even Switchback VR, for a couple of additional pre-launch tasters.
Interested in staying up to date with Screen Gems’ Until Dawn adaptation? If so, then be sure to check in with the team over on their official social handle here. Alternatively, you can follow the folks over at Supermassive Games for all the latest news surrounding Until Dawn here. If anything does change ahead of its global debut, then we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.
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