Lionsgate Grabs ‘Dead Island’ Video Game Movie Rights

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dead island video game movie Lionsgate Grabs Dead Island Video Game Movie Rights

Are you ready for yet another zombie movie? Lionsgate certainly hopes so, seeing that the studio has secured the screen rights to the popular “first-person zombie-slasher/action RPG” title, Dead Island.

There’s been somewhat of a battle between various production companies – concerning which one actually holds the film rights to Dead Island – for a good chunk of this year. Now that everything is settled, Lionsgate already has a pair of experienced producers onboard for the project.

For those unfamiliar with the video game: Dead Island revolves around a collection of people vacationing in a tropical paradise when a zombie outbreak occurs. The individual player is “cast” as one of the guests and joins forces with the remaining uninfected – in the hopes of staying alive long enough to escape the island.

Deadline confirmed this news about the film adaptation of Dead Island, which was released earlier this month on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Despite it being given somewhat of a negative reception – at least initially – the game has sold over 2 million units to date.

However, Dead Island remains perhaps best known for its creatively cinematic and melodramatic teaser trailer – which managed to heighten anticipation for the game something fierce, even though it didn’t include any straightforward gameplay footage.

Check out the game’s official announcement trailer below (for more, read the Dead Island review at our companion site, Game Rant):


Here is an official statement from Lionsgate head Joe Drake, on the Dead Island brand name:

“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.”

Sean Daniel (the Mummy franchise) is producing the Dead Island movie, along with post-production specialist Stefan Sonnenfeld – a longtime digital colorist whose recent work includes Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fright Night.

Who the pair ultimately recruit as writer and director for the Dead Island movie will be very important, when it comes to distinguishing the film from the numerous other zombie flicks set to storm theaters in the near future – including pop literary adaptations like World War Z, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Warm Bodies. Given the variety in tone and subject matter of those films alone, it’s hard to not be skeptical about the idea of any individual zombie movie becoming a “true elevation of a genre” (one which is also becoming increasingly over-saturated with entries).


We will keep you posted on the status of the Dead Island video game movie adaptation.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Game is okay but, the PC version is buggy as hell. Looks like they spent more time getting a movie option done then finishing the game. If it turns out like 95% of movies based off of games they should just package the DVD to the sequel to game, provided that is more polished then this first one.

  2. Well, as long as the movie is more like that beautiful cinematic trailer and not like the game it should be good.

    • I was going to say the same exact thing. :)

  3. Im excited for this, the game isn’t all that but I think a movie would be awesome

  4. So, according to that statement, they bought the rights to this based on the trailer. Genius!

    • As funny as that sounds, it does seem that the most redeeming quality about the game is the trailer, which is almost objectively wonderful.

      • Insane, the game was awesome…. I think, not sure because of all the bugs…. Wait….. What?

  5. i think it would be pretty neat to make the movie about the guy in the recordings you find throughout the game. from what i’ve gathered, he leaves his family and goes through hell (and experiences some crazy stuff), haven’t found the final recording yet, but so far his story is pretty intense.

    imo they shouldn’t make a movie about the 4 characters, or the villain, maybe how the outbreak began ? also they shouldn’t include any of the special zombies like the floater or ram, they would come across as weird (in live action), the butcher, bully infected are all good.

    lionsgate is renown for producing violent movies (punisher warzone, some statham movies and the very graphic hulk vs wolverine movie).

  6. Dead Island. First movie to be based off a trailer.

  7. i honestly don’t see what’s so special about the live action trailer, it seems as if most people praise directors if:
    a movie has a good score (or a good existing soundtrack in it)
    if there’s a ton of blood and gore
    if a renown director/producer/writer etc is apart of production.

    i mean, the trailer was cool, but nothing to write home about, the game itself has a somewhat generic zombie survival plot top it, so again, nothing super memorable or worthy of being called a master piece.

    fyi the game doesn’t revolve around the family, their story has already been told (sort of), i could see a movie about a family surviving the outbreak happening, but it would have to be different to the one in the trailer since we already know what happens (unless the movies a prequel to the game, explaining the outbreak etc with the family popping up as an easter egg for the gamers).

    • jwalka,

      FYI, I’ve taken you off auto-moderation.


      • thanks baby, i’ll try to keep the leash on from now on (but to don’t guarantee anything):P

  8. Trailer was good and the game is great with 3 other bros. I agree with the commenter on the audio logs of the fellow, that would be a great side story of the game for the main characters to find his audio logs and listen to them go. He starts off a simple reporter and ends up running into Zombafied Orangutangs.

    I think this could be good. They have meat of the movie (the many quests you take on in the game) Given back story to everything along the way. I honestly can see this being a Trilogy.

    Movie 1 is on the resort starting at the lifeguard station and winding up at the light house.
    Movie 2 can be in the city
    Movie 3 wraps up in the Jungle, where they could or could not include the little easter egg of a certain dude in a hockey mask. lol.

  9. Becuase there’s absolutely no shortage of zombie movies, right?

  10. If they are going to get someone to direct then it should be Frank Darabont who adapted The Walking Dead for tv. The look and feel is very similar and could make a great film.

    • i prefer romero b/c his practical effects team is insane (in terms of realism etc), and the game does have very detailed character models etc.

      • I disagree Remero is not someone I want to see do this movie. Diary of the Dead was crap and came off more like a cheap horror flick. I understand the practical effects for his other movies but as a director I say no. Darabont adapted Walking Dead from a comic to TV with some impressive results not often seen in most productions.

  11. I think Ice Cube should play Sam B

  12. Ok start off by sayin the game is great could have been done better the graphic in the ppl but other than that was better that alot of zombie games iv played an riptide was even better more frighten in it an mission once again better they need mak ppl more real now on to the movie of the do the 4 ppl story will be dame good if u take the ppl out an just do how the out brake started it won’t do well plz don’t do tht put it in their how it started but not the whole thing they did that on resadent evil an it was ok not great but ok dead island movie will be great I love the game I’m still play one an 2 over an over love the frighten in it an the mods plz put mods in the movie that what made dead island not how the out brake start agree with the person above bout put the zombie in the game in movie like butchers or so on MOVIE IDEA AMAZIN plzzzz do

  13. WHAT?….
    Anyway I heard they’re not doing this any more. It really grinds my gears when production companies purchase the rights to an idea thats in such high demand only to do sweet FA with it. This effectivly stops anyone else from doing the film themselves and we the public lose out and never get the movir we want.