Zombies and video-game adaptations seem to be all the rage these days (seriously, how long will this zombie craze last?), and now the two genres are due to combine in another horror video game feature film.
Deadline is reporting that Occupant Education has re-kickstarted the [Dead Island](movie:589192) big screen adaptation. The first we heard about a potential movie based on the video game title came back with the game's original release in 2011. Since then it's been passed around between a few studios, including Lionsgate who had originally purchased the rights from developer Deep Silver.
Now, Dead Island might have sold over 8 million copies but I can imagine it is mostly widely known for its first dramatic and rather emotional game trailer. I remember being very impressed and excited for the title back in 2011, however, I have to admit the game didn't really deliver the depth suggested in the trailer. Indeed, it seems like Occupant are also more interested in the trailers as opposed to the actual game. Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino stated,
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.
You can check out this initial trailer below:
According to Deadline, we can most likely expect to see the film start production in early 2015, with the aim of premiering at either the Cannes or Berlinale film festivals. It seems that the plan is to fast track production in order to gain a release around the same time as the upcoming Dead Island 2, which is set to come out next year.
As I stated above, Dead Island itself is a fairly unspectacular and silly zombie first-person slash-athon and many gamers, including myself, felt slightly cheated by a trailer which suggested it would be a more mature, emotional and serious addition to the over-saturated genre. So, considering this, it does perhaps make more sense for Occupant to draw on the popular nature of the trailers, as opposed to the games.
Dead Island 2 also debuted an interesting cinematic trailer, although this one does perhaps better illustrate the tone of the actual game. Check that out below:
Are you excited to see Dead Island on the big screen?