If you know the adrenaline rush of trying to get a generator up and running before a masked killer impales you on a hook, then you've probably enjoyed the thrills and chills of the video game Dead by Daylight (as someone who's ended up on the wrong side of that hook more often than not, I can vouch for this). Featuring a mix of new horror icons and classic cinematic killers (including Freddy Krueger, Ghostface, and Michael Myers, to name a few), Dead by Daylight has given millions of gamers plenty of nightmare fuel since it launched in 2016, and now James Wan's Atomic Monster, Jason Blum's Blumhouse, and Rémi Racine's Behaviour Interactive are teaming up for a feature film adaptation of the killer video game!

While the search is still underway for a director and writer, the Dead by Daylight film will be produced by James Wan, Jason Blum, and Stephen Mulrooney, and it will be executive produced by Behaviour Interactive’s Rémi Racine, Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear and Judson Scott, Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek, and Striker Entertainment’s Russell Binder.

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is revealed, and we have the official press release with more details below:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - March 2, 2023 – Atomic Monster and Blumhouse are teaming up with the largest Canadian gaming studio, Behaviour Interactive, to develop a feature film adaptation of Behaviour’s global hit horror multiplayer game, Dead by Daylight.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Jason Blum and James Wan, two giants of the horror film industry, to further expand the Dead by Daylight universe,” said Stephen Mulrooney, Executive Vice President at Behaviour Interactive. “At Behaviour, our motto is to create unique moments, together, forever. Atomic Monster and Blumhouse are the ideal partners to craft Dead by Daylight’s killer entrance onto the big screen.”

Atomic Monster Founder and CEO James Wan added, “In Dead by Daylight the Behaviour team has created a love letter to the world of horror, building an incredible environment teeming with atmosphere and terrifying villains — perfect for a scary cinematic adaptation. We’re big fans of the game at Atomic Monster, and are thrilled to be teaming up with Blumhouse to bring this frighteningly visceral world to the big screen.”

The companies are commencing their search for a director and a screenwriter to propel the Dead by Daylight franchise to new medium.

"We know there are so many fans of Dead by Daylight out there and think it's imperative we find someone who appreciates and loves the world as much as we do, to help us bring the game to the big screen," said Jason Blum, Blumhouse Founder and CEO. "We know our partners at Behaviour and Atomic Monster will help us bring the best version of this game to life."

Since its launch in 2016, Dead by Daylight has reached over 50 million players worldwide, with two million players stepping into The Fog every day. The game features a vast universe where classic horror survives and thrives. Having welcomed iconic characters from TV, film, and gaming. It’s only fitting that the franchise expands to new horizons to tell its story.

James Wan, Jason Blum and Stephen Mulrooney are producers on the film. Behaviour Interactive’s Remi Racine; Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear and Judson Scott; Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek, and Striker Entertainment’s Russell Binder are executive producers.

About Behaviour Interactive:

Behaviour Interactive is the largest Canadian gaming studio, with more than 1,200 employees worldwide. Behaviour is best known for its flagship franchise, the multiplayer survival horror game Dead by Daylight, which has entertained over 50 million players across multiple platforms. The studio is currently expanding its portfolio of original IP with multiple projects, including the highly anticipated base building and raiding title Meet Your Maker. Behaviour has also established itself as one of the world’s foremost providers of external development services.

The company has partnered with many of the gaming industry’s leaders, including Microsoft, Sony, EA, Warner, Netflix, and Take-Two, among many others. Over 30 years, Behaviour has developed an unparalleled, award-winning culture. The company was named one of the Best Places To Work in Canada by GamesIndustry.biz, and has been recognized with Deloitte Canada’s Enterprise Fast 15 and Best Managed Company awards. Headquartered in Montreal, Behaviour has expanded its global presence with studios in Toronto (Behaviour Toronto), Seattle (Midwinter Entertainment), and the United Kingdom (Behaviour UK – North).

For more information, visit www.bhvr.com.

About Atomic Monster:

Atomic Monster is James Wan’s production company, which launched its film slate with Annabelle (2015) and followed with Lights Out (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Nun (2018), The Curse of La Llorona (2019), Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Mortal Kombat (2021), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021), Malignant (2021), and There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021). Most recently, the company released the global hit M3GAN, starring Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, and Ronny Chieng, for which a sequel has already been announced. In television, Atomic Monster executive produced several series across genres including MacGyver, Swamp Thing, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Archive 81, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, and Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. Upcoming for Atomic Monster is the Wan directed and produced Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the sequel to DC’s box-office smash Aquaman (2018); Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, starring Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard, and Bill Camp; and New Line’s The Nun 2, starring Taissa Farmiga and Storm Reid. In TV, Atomic Monster will executive produce the Untitled Ian McCulloch Project for Peacock, which the streamer recently picked up for a full series order.

About Blumhouse:

Blumhouse is a multimedia company regarded as the driving force in horror. The company has produced over 150 movies and television series with theatrical grosses amounting to over $5 billion. In film, the company has produced iconic, genre, film franchises like Halloween, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and prolific films like the box-office juggernaut M3GAN; Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone; Glass, The Visit and Split from M. Night Shyamalan; Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman; Get Out from Jordan Peele; among several others. This year, the company has David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist and Chris Weitz’s film They Listen slated for a theatrical release. The television company operates in genre and provocative programming through acclaimed scripted and unscripted series and documentaries, such as the upcoming series The Horror of Dolores Roach, starring Justina Machado, for Amazon; The Thing About Pam, starring two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger, for NBC; the upcoming original series The Sticky, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis for Amazon; The Jinx for HBO; Our Father for Netflix; and the lauded Showtime series The Good Lord Bird, starring Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, among others. The company also produces streaming anthology series like Welcome to the Blumhouse for Amazon and a slate of horror/thriller films for MGM+.

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