If you’ve been near a smartphone in the last year, you’re probably familiar with Neko Atsume. The adorable mobile game, which first blew up in Japan before jumping the Pacific, is pretty straightforward: You put out food and toys, and cats show up in your virtual backyard. It’s cute, extremely undemanding, and virtually plotless. And, yet, a movie is being made out of it anyway.
Kotaku reports that Japanese production company MediAnd is putting together a movie based on the fuzzy little home invaders. The plot follows a young writer who moves to the country to get rid of writer’s block and instead finds himself with a backyard full of cats. Hey, as plots based on video game movies go, that’s far more credible than, say, Double Dragon.
The director handling the cat shenanigans will be Masatoshi Kurakata, probably best known for directing the movie version of the satirical GameCenter CX, a comedy show that rips on the frustrating nature of retro games by forcing a comedian to complete them. So, if nothing else, the director knows the challenges of making a video game into a movie. And if nothing else, it’s guaranteed to be much cuter than Assassin’s Creed.