It Takes Two, the apparent Game of the Year 2021 (according to the Game Awards), might become a movie and/or TV show as part of a partnership between developer Hazelight and dj2 Entertainment.
Variety reports with an exclusive story and statement from the companies that It Takes Two’s story of marriage woes made cooperative platformer is the latest video game property dj2 Entertainment has secured a deal for.
“Creating the world and story in ‘It Takes Two’ was so much fun for me and the team,” said Hazelight founder and creative director Josef Fares in a statement to Variety. “Since it has a strong narrative with many crazy characters and just as crazy co-op action moments, the potential is huge for a great adaption to film or television.”
To be clear: this means It Takes Two is now on the market for a TV or movie adaptation, not that it has secured a contract with a studio. The next step is for dj2 Entertainment to shop it around to interested buyers, and if someone with the money to make the movie or show happens is interested, everyone involved can take further steps. Some other projects dj2 Entertainment has been involved with include the upcoming Life is Strange TV series and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
“dj2 is honored to partner with Josef, Oskar [Wolontis], and the incredible team at Hazelight Studios on the linear media adaptation of ‘It Takes Two,’” said dj2 CEO and Founder Dmitri M. Johnson. “Just like the rest of the gaming world, we fell head-over-heels in love with Cody, May, Rose, Dr. Hakim and the imaginative fantasy universe Hazelight have created, and can’t wait to bring these characters -and this world- to life on the big and small screen.”
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I actually just finished It Takes Two last week, as its Game of the Year win at the 2021 Game Awards finally made me sit down and start the game after it was sitting on my PlayStation 5 for months. I enjoyed the cooperative play a lot, and how varied it was mechanically in each level. But I do wonder how the movie or TV show will go over, given that reception to the actual story beats of the game have been extremely mixed. I was more positive about its depiction of an estranged couple being forced into the video game equivalent of marriage counseling, but others would say the game has an overly positive vision about why people break up in the first place. So we’ll see how some of that plays out to new audiences.