Legendary has closed a – surprisingly aggressive – deal with Mob Entertainment, beating out several competitive offers, to develop and produce a live-action feature adaptation of the horror video game, Poppy Playtime. Legendary will develop and produce the project alongside Mob Entertainment and Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford.

Poppy Playtime is a first-person video game that sees the player acting as a former employee of a faded toy brand and who, thanks to a cryptic letter, is drawn back to an abandoned facility from which all staff disappeared ten years prior, only to discover it inhabited by a host of toys, including Huggy Wuggy, Mommy Long Legs, and CatNap, all of whom have taken on a life of their own. The game’s players have to solve clues, work out puzzles, and use gadgets to unravel the mystery of the letter and get out alive.

This marks Legendary’s first foray into the video game adaptation space, one of the leading trends in both feature and TV entertainment right now. Poppy Playtime joins a line-up of very successful (and some less so) adaptations: among them The Last of Us, Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles, Fallout, Twisted Metal, the upcoming Borderlands, as well as other projects still in the works like El Paso, Elsewhere and Golden Axe.

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