Monument Valley, the acclaimed mobile puzzle game from developer Ustwo Games, is getting the movie treatment.
According to a new report from Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Weed Road Pictures have tapped Oscar-winning animation filmmaker Patrick Osborne (Feast, Pearl) to develop and direct Monument Valley, a live-action/CG animation hybrid family franchise based on the mobile game hit by Ustwo Games which challenges players to traverse a surreal, Escher-esque world where the laws of physics don’t necessarily apply.
“Monument Valley is a one-of-a-kind experience, at once small in its meditative, simple gameplay, as well as enormous in its sense of history,” Osborne told Deadline. “I’m privileged to be handed the reins to Ida’s mysterious kingdom, to play in her world of impossible architecture where seeing things differently is everything. I am thrilled to bring this unique world to theaters with the talented storytellers of Paramount and Weed Road.”
Dan Gray, Head of Ustwo Games also noted the company has been waiting for the right opportunity to bring the game to the big screen.
“It’s been four years since we launched the first Monument Valley and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to take our world of beauty and impossibility into cinema,” said Dan Gray, Head of Ustwo Games. “We’re incredibly happy that we’ve found the perfect creative partners in Paramount, Weed Road and Patrick Osborne to champion this concept forward into another medium.”
Monument Valley is a gorgeously realised and wonderfully elegant puzzle game where you guide a princess called Ida around fantastical, perspective-fluid levels heavily inspired by the artist MC Escher.
The original game launched four years ago and has since racked up more than 160 million downloads around the world, as well as industry honors such as the Apple Design Award 2014, Apple iPad Game of the Year, and two BAFTA Game awards for London-based Ustwo.