February 7, 2023

A Canadian development organization has acquired the exclusive rights to create video games based on Charlie Chaplin’s work and likeness. The filmmaker and actor wrote, directed and starred in dozens of films and his character The Tramp remains one of comedy’s most globally recognized icons. Chaplin is now revered by a film institution that once looked down on his work, and old clips and even entire films have found a modern audience for him on YouTube.

The news comes via a CBS report (opens in new tab) to Quebec-based company B Df’frent Games who, along with Chaplin expert Yves Durand, successfully pitched the idea to the Chaplin family. The conditions the family wanted were “No violence. No sexism. No racism. Tell real stories.” Which sounds like they thought they were served this thing in the mid-nineties, but we’ll let it slide.

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