Hollywood has been producing big screen adaptations of successful video game franchises for many years. Some have made the leap from game consoles to movie theaters and continue to find success, like Resident Evil, while others, such as Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, floundered. Still, with even more adaptations planned - Assassin’s Creed, World of Warcraft, and Uncharted to name a few - the video game movie trend seems to be ramping up.
Dead Rising joined the ranks of video games to be adapted when it was announced that the Sony-owned Crackle would produce a feature film based on the series (read more about the Dead Rising franchise at Game Rant). Now, a trailer and release date for Dead Rising: Watchtower have been revealed.
Crackle released the first trailer (above) for Dead Rising: Watchtower, which features the film’s main cast: Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas) Meghan Ory (Intelligence), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children). Rob Riggle (Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street) also appears as Frank West - who was the main character in the original Dead Rising game.
Dead Rising: Watchtower will be available on Crackle starting March 27th, 2015. An official plot summary for the film was also released:
“‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.”
From the trailer, it appears there will be one major difference between the movie and the game since the film positions Metcalfe’s character as the central point of action rather than Riggle’s Frank West. Based on the trailer and the plot summary, Frank West seems to still play a pivotal role, providing another, more humorous perspective to the zombie apocalypse of Dead Rising: Watchtower.
The zombie aspect of the film is perhaps the most tired since an abundance of zombie stories have saturated Hollywood in recent years. However, Dead Rising: Watchtower seems to offer a more self-referential comedic take on the genre, which may save it from feeling like just another zombie movie.
It’s difficult to say where Dead Rising: Watchtower will fall on the scale of successful video game adaptations, especially since the movie will be released online rather than in theaters. That being said, the trailer offers hope that Dead Rising: Watchtower may be as fun, if a bit less interactive, as the game on which it’s based.
Dead Rising: Watchtower will be available to stream on Crackle March 27th, 2015.