Gaming geeks will remember the buzz back in 2011 when corridor talks became open discussions about the possibility of making a big screen adaptation of the popular Deep Silver zombie game, ‘Dead Island’. Lionsgate initially won the movie rights leaving us with high hopes and nothing to show for it. This is the perfect time to consider a go at this project due to the huge success horror films enjoyed over the past two years. We have seen indie style horror films take the podium as top sellers at the box-office which include flicks such as “Insidious”, “Insidious 2”, “The Conjuring” , “The Purge” and “The Purge :Anarchy” to name a few.
Indie production Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver is back on track to produce and finance the flick. Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino said:
“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,”
“We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience.”
Production for ‘Dead Island’ is expected to kick-off early 2015.
For those of you not in the know, check out some details for the game, courtesy of deadisland.wikia.com and IGN:
“Dead Island is a video game developed and published by Techland for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows. It is an open-ended game centered on survival. The game uses a first-person perspective; however, the developers are claiming that the game should not be labeled a first-person shooter due to a bigger emphasis on melee combat and ammunition conservation, rather than a shoot ’em up.”
“The island of Banoi is a lush, tropical paradise in the South Pacific where its flagship Royal Palms Resort serves as the ultimate getaway for vacationers with money to burn. However, all good things must soon come to an end – and the picturesque resort falls into madness, carnage and chaos after a mysterious and contagious zombie outbreak claims its once peaceful atmosphere. Cut off from the rest of the world, only four individuals who strangely find themselves immune to zombification have the power to protect the remaining survivors from the horrors of the island, to discover what’s really going on and find a way to escape before their own fatal ends.”
Check out the trailer: