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Lionsgate acquires Dead Island film rights

Tue 27 Sep 2011 5:20pm GMT / 1:20pm EDT / 10:20am PDT
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Movie based on Deep Silver's zombie hit in early development stage

Entertainment company Lionsgate will make a film based on Deep Silver's zombie release, Dead Island.

"Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck," said Joe Drake, co-COO and motion picture group president.  

"This is exactly the type of property we're looking to adapt at Lionsgate - it's sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love.  It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential."

The Sean Daniel Company and Stefan Sonnenfeld are currently listed as producers, and the motion picture is in the very early stages of development.

On release, Dead Island faced a number of technical problems, but the game went straight to the top of UK retail charts, and sold more in two weeks than any other Deep Silver game has in its entire lifetime.

8 Comments

William Haley
Managing Director

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At least someone is going to make the version of Dead Island we all wanted/expected.

Posted:2 years ago

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Gustav Nisser
Project Manager

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So is the movie based on the game, or on the game trailer? The latter would be awesome..

Edit: Just to be clear - the game itself was great (especially the mp), but the trailer had some fantastic movie potential.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Gustav Nisser on 28th September 2011 8:35am

Posted:2 years ago

#2

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

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@ Gustav.

I suppose it depends on who they get to direct it. If it's someone like Uwe Boll then the former...

Pray that it is otherwise :)

Posted:2 years ago

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Kevin Clark-Patterson
Lecturer in Games Development

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Oh...another zombie movie...what were [are] the chances!

Its a no brainer IMO...geddit

Posted:2 years ago

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Wojciech Dziwok
Managing Director

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@ Kevin

Honestly a no-brainer in case of a zombie movie is somehow a must ;o)

Cheers,

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Shane Sweeney
Academic

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The first movie franchise based on a video game trailer. I guess Pirates of the Caribbean was based on a Ride?

Anything is possible.

Posted:2 years ago

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Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I hope these folks at Lionsgate aren't silly enough to think success at retail means success at the box office. Well, it's their money. As long as they don't copy those dopey Resident Evil movies, have a decent script with well-written characters and hell, have people who've played the game so it's not a total

And, oh, good lord... anyone who even THOUGHT the final version of Dead Island would even come close to the trailer needs a new hobby. If it isn't in-game engine and/or ACTUAL GAMEPLAY, you can't be "fooled" unless you're living in the late 90's or early 2000's when nearly every trailer made you think you were getting the best game ever (before you hit START and saw those 32-bit graphics and your jaw dropped for another reason)...

I can name a few too many games from then 'til now with amazing trailers that didn't live up to their impressive "previews". Granted, a lot of people seemed to think DI would be about the family in the trailer and sure, Techland missed the opportunity to tell that particular story. Still, the game is fun to play (warts and all) - but as the story stands, it would make a lousy movie.

On the other hand, we really don't need a Dead Island movie anyway, as The Walking Dead is pretty much IT for the "serious" take on the modern zombie. That and other films from Romero's classics to Shaun of the Dead and even 28 Days Later and Zombieland have already set the bar pretty high. Meh, if this flick ever gets made, I'll wait until it pops up on cable less than a year after it's hit theaters.

Posted:2 years ago

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Mark Parry
Senior Programmer

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@Greg - the Resident Evil films make money, even though they are rubbish... would not expect this film to be any better.

Posted:2 years ago

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