One of the most popular party games of the last few years is getting an animated TV adaptation. Innersloth’s Among Us, which originally released back in 2018, but surged in popularity during the pandemic years, will be heading to the small screen, courtesy of CBS Eye Animation Productions, as announced by Variety.
As per the Variety report, CBS Eye Animation Productions has partnered with developer and publisher Innersloth to create the show, with Infinity Train creator Owen Dennis to serve as creator and executive producer. Animation studio Titmouse, which has also worked on Netflix’s Big Mouth, as well as Star Trek: Lower Decks, will be animating the Among Us series. Forest Willard, Marcus Bromander, and Carl Neisser of Innersloth will also executive produce the show, alongside with Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio, and Ben Kalina of Titmouse. Additionally, The Animation Guild will oversee the production, rather than the Writers Guild of America, which is currently in the midst of an ongoing strike regarding disputes surrounding pay and the encroachment of AI in the industry.
How this will work as an adaptation is a bit less clear. Among Us is an essentially plotless multiplayer game where players control crewmembers on a space station, where one or more of the crew is in fact a murderous imposter. The game certainly draws a lot of inspiration from iconic sci-fi works such as Alien and John Carpenter’s The Thing. However as far as adapting Among Us directly, Owen Dennis will likely need to be quite creative in order to turn the premise into a compelling animated series.
The project is still in early stages of production; no streaming service has yet picked up the show, however talks are ongoing. Among Us is certainly a well-loved property, and it will be interesting to see how the concept is played with to adapt it to a non-interactive medium. We will have to wait and see how it turns out once more information is announced.