If you are one of the many users who are addicted to Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, then you may have already heard the good news. The collectable mobile app is moving from smartphones to the big screen thanks to AMG Entertainment. The Japanese studio is bringing Neko Atsume to life with a live-action film adaptation, and now fans have learned when the movie is expected to debt.
Next April, fans of Neko Atsume will get to see some of their favorite cats tossed onto theater screens all over Japan. The movie’s official web site updated early today and confirmed that Neko Atsume will hit theaters on April 8, 2017. The film will premiere in Shinjuku Musashinokan theaters and other location nationwide. So far, there’s no word on whether any special showings of the film will be held in the U.S., but gamers can only hope.
If you are wondering just how Neko Atsume will be turned into a movie, then guess no longer. The movie will tell the story of a man named Sakumoto (Atsushi Itou) who suffers from intense writer’s block. The young novelist was lauded years ago thanks to a best-selling story of his, but that acclaim has since been rescinded. To find new inspiration, Sakumoto moves to a peaceful new home and finds himself growing more desperate than ever to write.
So, naturally, that is when a cat comes in and decides to turn his world upside-down. Sakumoto attempts to befriend the cat, and Neko Atsume will tell the slice-of-life relationship between the author, his stray kitties, and his pretty editor Michiru Towada. Actress Shiori Kutsuna will play the leading lady.
For those of you unfamiliar with Neko Atsume, you may want to go check the app out. The game is a simple one which asks players to collect more than 50 in-game cats through various means. The free app is endless with its gameplay as gamers continually work to attract more and more cats to their garden hangouts.
The simple game is an easy one to enjoy, and it looks like fans of Neko Atsume will soon be able to see their gaming obsession brought to the big screen.
Neko Atsume is not the only mobile app getting the Hollywood treatment as of late. Earlier this fall, CBS announced they were adapting King’s Candy Crush into a gameshow.
“We are huge fans of ‘Candy Crush’ and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”
“We instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program,” said Lionsgate TV chief Kevin Beggs. “We’re very happy to have Matt shepherding the production as we partner with the team at King on this series with the tremendous second-screen potential.”
[H/T] Anime News Network