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Lionsgate plans Dead Island movie

Feature Film adaptation of zombie survival game is in development

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Lionsgate has announced that it has optioned film rights from Deep Silver to develop a feature inspired by Dead Island, a recently released zombie survival video game.

Dead Island is perhaps best known in the creative community for its original trailer. The trailer went on to win the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, the advertising industry’s highest honor, and it was featured by Adweek on their annual list of the World's Best Commercials.

Like the trailer that will serve as its primary creative inspiration, the film will focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling. Lionsgate’s COO commented, “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.”

The film Dead Island is currently in the early development stage with producers attached. Sean Daniel (The Mummy) will spearhead production through his Sean Daniel Company. Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company and Missy Papageorge for Sonnenfeld’s Sunny Field Productions are executive producing, with Sarah Perlman of Sunny Field Productions serving as co-producer.

The video game Dead Island was published by Deep Silver for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The game centers on vacationers whose island paradise becomes a living hell when a zombie outbreak quickly spreads. For more on the game, check out
our review.

 
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