Lionsgate has optioned the film rights to develop a Dead Island movie. Sean Daniel will spearhead the production through the Sean Daniel Company along with Stefan Sonnenfeld. No director is attached to the film yet, as it's still in the early stages of development but it will be interesting to see who Lionsgate chooses to take on this project.
According to Deep Silver, the Dead Island film will "be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling." As Dead Island's story focuses on vacationers whose island paradise has become a living hell, the opportunity to extract a decent zombie story is definitely there. At the very least, the creative team can draw from the game's debut trailer which garnered over 10 million views only two days after it was released.
I'm interested if the movie is going to go backwards like the trailer did, or how exactly it will work. According to Lionsgate co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake, "Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck.” He continued, “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.”
While not the biggest fan of zombies myself, I definitely see the franchise potential within Dead Island and I think that it can make the jump to film a lot easier than a lot of other video games have. Are you interested in seeing a Dead Island film, and if you could give one piece of advice to the filmmakers going in to the project, what would you tell them?
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