escape room movie

If you haven’t actually plunked down the money and tried out an “escape room” attraction, chances are strong that you’ve heard of one. The set-up is simple: you and a group of friends pay to be locked in a room full of clues. You must unravel the clues and find a way out of the room while a timer counts down. Some versions attract a loose narrative and others are just group puzzle solving for the sake of group puzzle solving. They’re fun and they’re increasingly popular, popping up in cities with surprisingly regularity. I’m pretty sure Austin, Texas (where I hang my hat) has at least five of them.

And like any tend, Hollywood has taken notice. A movie based on this kind of “interactive gaming experience” is in the works from the producer of the Fast and Furious franchise and the writer of Season of the Witch. Because of course.

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