Lionsgate Option the Rights to a Dead Island Movie
Written Wednesday, September 28, 2011 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Lionsgate has optioned the rights to make a Dead Island movie, with the game's famously haunting announcement trailer acting as the film's main inspiration.
"The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling," said Lionsgate.
"Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck. 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 film is currently in the very early stages of development. Producer Sean Daniel, who worked on The Mummy, Tombstone and Dazed and Confused is heading up the project. No acting or directing talent has been announced.
Those that are excited about the film should probably reserve their excitement for now. Books, comics, TV shows, games - lots of stories are optioned to become films, only to stall for one reason or another. Dead Island has a long road ahead of it before it makes it to the big screen.
But, we can't say we're not intrigued. A film based on a trailer that had little or nothing to do with the actual game? Interesting. What do you guys think?