It's only been a matter of months since the game hit the shelves, yet audiences could be seeing Little Nightmares in a televised format much sooner than expected. Last April, the horror-themed puzzle platformer was released to critical acclaim and fan adoration. In fact, #LittleNightmares caught so much positive attention that it attracted major players in Hollywood, who now want to bring the property to the small screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DJ2 Entertainment fought off stiff competition to acquire the rights to Little Nightmares. The studio will transform the nightmarish game into a TV series in partnership with the Russo brothers, the directing duo behind Captain American: The Winter Soldier, Civil War and the #MCU's upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Legendary animation director Henry Selick, who helmed beloved stop-motion treasures The Nightmare Before Christmas and #Coraline, is also on board to direct the pilot and possible future episodes.
DJ2 Entertainment is no stranger to video game adaptations, with the studio also responsible for upcoming series based on Sonic the Hedgehog and Life is Strange.
In Little Nightmares, players take control of a nine-year-old girl named Six as she tries to escape the dark, malevolent ship known as the Maw. Inhabiting the ship are gigantic, human-like monstrosities that are hellbent on eating Six and anything they can get their hands on. With the help of the Nomes and playing as Six, you must journey your way out of the Maw while struggling to fend off crippling hunger.
Small Terrors For The Small Screen
With countless beloved video games having been adapted into critically panned movies, a common flaw has often been the lack of time given to character development and world building, despite being integral to the source material.
In the case of Little Nightmares, the game's story currently lacks the substance to support an entire season's worth of episodes. But given the chosen episodic format and the talented filmmakers that DJ2 plans to bring on board, this problem could be an easy fix.
The Russo brothers made a name for themselves by helming the two critically acclaimed #CaptainAmerica sequels that balanced a huge cast with socially relevant themes. The duo's creative talents could flesh out the otherwise silent characters of Little Nightmares and the mysterious world they inhabit, thus making an already uniquely shuddersome world even more compelling.
For his part Selick has proven more than capable of visually translating Little Nightmares to the small screen. His movies to date have made even the most nightmarish creatures seem charming, assuring us he's the perfect choice for a televised version of a game that's as cute as it is creepy.
There is no release date as of yet for Little Nightmares. What do you think of the upcoming TV show? Sound off in the comments below.