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.