A film adaptation based on the popular video game “Dead Island” is back from the dead with Occupant Entertainment.
The video game follows a group of survivors as they fight for their lives on an undead island. The game garnered a lot of attention due to its reveal trailer, which was about as cinematic as a video game trailer can get. Fans of the trailer were surprised to find out the game would be nothing like the emotional trailer but more of a rough around the edges fun action game, IGN gave the game a 8/10—this did not stop the game from selling over eight million units worldwide.
Lionsgate picked up the film rights for the videogame in 2011—the year the game was released. After a shift in command, the adaptation was put on the shelf. As soon as the rights reverted back to Deep Silver, they secured a deal with Occupant to make the film.
The hunt is now on for a director to take on the videogame movie—it is not said whether the movie will follow the first game or its upcoming sequel, the report adds that Deep Silver and Occupant or just waiting for an innovative take on the property.
Deadline’s report includes a statement from Occupant Partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino, “Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse,” said Neurauter and Marino. “We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open campus, to make something distinct and original that also appeals and expands the core audience.”
There is no release date set for the “Dead Island” film—the game’s sequel is targeted for a Spring 2015 release.
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