You’ve had your fun playing Neko Atsume, the cat-collecting game that caused a storm amongst all smartphone users, and now, you’ll have even more fun watching these adorable kitties come to life.
Japanese studio AMG Entertainment will be developing a live-action movie based on the app, and the movie will be in a similar vein to the game.
The description of the movie is as follows:
“Meet Katsu Sakumoto (portrayed by Atsushi Ito), a best-selling author who won the newcomer’s award at a young age. Lately, Katsu has had a severe case of writer’s block, and hasn’t been able to write anything at all. In order to get a fresh new start, he moves away to quiet lands, but it doesn’t quite help out his case.
One day, while at a loss and looking at the garden from his porch, a single cat appears. Katsu makes an attempt to speak to the cat, but it simply just walks away. The thought that even cats would desert Katsu made things more depressing for the writer. However, that night, he decided to leave some cat food at the corner of the garden before going to bed. The food was gone the following morning. This brings a sudden interest in Katsu—and how the story of the young author’s ‘Neko Atsume’ begins.”
Ito, who is slated to play the titular character, also said that his character’s connection to cats has made him re-evaluate the way he deals with other human beings. He explained, “The contact I had with cats while we were shooting scenes was a healing experience and gave me lots of energy.”
Masatoshi Kurakata, who is helming the film, also expressed, “I wanted to make a simple movie that gives off feelings of warmth. I and the staff and cast of the film really put our hearts into making the film.”
The premise certainly sounds interesting enough, and it’ll definitely relate to those who play the game religiously. The story also sounds like it’ll tug on your heartstrings, and we really can’t wait for it to be released.
However, there’s a catch. The movie will only be available in Japan, but the production is still its early stages, so hopefully countries outside of the land of the rising sun will be able to get it in theaters.
The live-action adaptation of “Neko Atsume” doesn’t have an exact release date, but is slated to reach cinemas sometime in 2017.