As soon as Dead Rising was released with its bold cover proclaiming that the game was not affiliated with George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, you had to know there would be a lawsuit. Yesterday, the lawsuit was filed.
The owner of the rights to Romero's film (and the re-make), MKR Group, alleged Capcom's Dead Rising is a computer game version of the Dawn of the Dead flicks.
"Both works are dark comedies," the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New York reads. "In both, the recreational activities of the zombies and absurdly grotesque 'kill scenes' provide unexpected comedic relief."
"Both works provided thoughtful social commentary on the 'mall culture' zeitgeist, in addition to serving up a sizable portion of sensationalistic violence," it said.