German Video Game Hit 'Moorhuhn' to Get Movie Makeover

The gaming franchise, originally developed as an ad for Johnny Walker whiskey, was Germany's most popular game in the early 2000s.

COLOGNE, Germany - A primitive German shoot-em-up video game, called Moorhuhn locally and Crazy Chicken internationally, is to get a movie makeover. Douglas Welbat, who co-produced local comedy hit The 7 Dwarves (2004), has teamed up with his brother Daniel to develop a big screen version of the casual game. The brothers have received $55,000 (€45,000) in script development funding from Germany's federal film board, the FFA.

Originally designed by Dutch studio Witan an advertisement for Johnny Walker whiskey, the Moorhuhn game became a massive success after it was illicitly pirated online. An official, legal version of the game sold strongly across German-speaking Europe and spawned more than 30 different games as well as merchandising spin-offs, a comic book, an animated TV series and even a comedy single on the German music charts.

There have been several previous attempts to turn Moorhuhn into a movie but none so far succeeded in translating the rather plot-less game into a full-length feature.