In yet another venture of translating a video game into a film, Lionsgate (a company known for actually taking risks and optioning iffy films that turn out to be awesome) has taken it upon themselves and have announced plans to do the same for the recently released game DEAD ISLAND.
Largely based on the game's initial teaser trailer, shown below, the partnership with game developers Deep Silver comes as a surprise, as the announcement also cited it as the main source of inspiration.
The game's storyline is centered around a group of tourists that must survive at a vacation beach resort that soon becomes overtaken by an infestation of zombies.
Like the trailer that will serve as its primary creative 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.So there it is: another video game is going to be remade into a movie. Let's hope the trailer is enough to keep the franchise afloat.
Lionsgate's co-C.O.O. said, "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 reviews for the game are rather mixed at the moment, and I personally cannot say whether this is a good idea at the moment, as I have yet to play the game.
Now it's time to see the trailer that started it all. It's a real tear-jerker, so if you're partial to the feelings of zombie victims, get those tissues ready...
story via JoBlo
press release via Lionsgate