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Lionsgate Acquires Rights to Turn Dead Island Into a Movie

Finally, the movie based on the trailer for a video game that wasn't terribly representative of the game itself will come to fruition.

Finally, Hollywood has cut out the middle man and is simply making movies based on independently produced video game trailers.

The movie rights to Dead Island, Techland and Deep Silver's tropical zombie nightmare game, have been haggled over for either months, or years, depending on who you ask. Studio interest peaked when the publisher put out that now infamous teaser trailer of a CG family becoming zombie brunch in backward slow-motion, but rights disputes going back long before that trailer's conception have muddied the waters, seemingly preventing us, the game-loving masochists who actually watch movies based on video games, from seeing a 90 minute version of that trailer starring real actors.

However, according to Deadline, the dust has finally settled on that rights dispute, and Lionsgate has come out on top. Lionsgate has more than its share of popular horror franchises under its banner, including Saw, Hostel, and The Last Exorcism. It also produced the Oscar Best Picture winner Crash, for whatever that's worth.

While the story simply states that the rights were acquired for Dead Island, the quote from Lionsgate rep Joe Drake lends a good bit of credence to the theory that the only reason they care about this thing is because of that trailer, which became such a massive viral sensation overnight.

“Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake. “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.”

There you have it. Get ready for Night of the Living Dead meets Memento meets National Lampoon's Vacation. Actually, come to think of it, that doesn't sound half bad...

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Posted by Alex
Finally, Hollywood has cut out the middle man and is simply making movies based on independently produced video game trailers.

The movie rights to Dead Island, Techland and Deep Silver's tropical zombie nightmare game, have been haggled over for either months, or years, depending on who you ask. Studio interest peaked when the publisher put out that now infamous teaser trailer of a CG family becoming zombie brunch in backward slow-motion, but rights disputes going back long before that trailer's conception have muddied the waters, seemingly preventing us, the game-loving masochists who actually watch movies based on video games, from seeing a 90 minute version of that trailer starring real actors.

However, according to Deadline, the dust has finally settled on that rights dispute, and Lionsgate has come out on top. Lionsgate has more than its share of popular horror franchises under its banner, including Saw, Hostel, and The Last Exorcism. It also produced the Oscar Best Picture winner Crash, for whatever that's worth.

While the story simply states that the rights were acquired for Dead Island, the quote from Lionsgate rep Joe Drake lends a good bit of credence to the theory that the only reason they care about this thing is because of that trailer, which became such a massive viral sensation overnight.

“Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake. “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.”

There you have it. Get ready for Night of the Living Dead meets Memento meets National Lampoon's Vacation. Actually, come to think of it, that doesn't sound half bad...

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Edited by sugetipula

Good enough.

Edited by BBQBram

Convoluted to all hell.

Posted by rmanthorp

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

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Posted by Vestigial_Man

Cool could be good.

Posted by jeffrud
“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.”

"franchise potential."

Yay, another franchise to milk! I was thinking there'd never be another video game franchise to wring dry of any vitality it had to start. Thank you, Lionsgate Film.

Edited by smitty86

Inb4 truck jokes

Posted by SeriouslyNow

Rifling Through Luggage : The Movie.

Posted by JoeyRavn

Hey, I wish the red tru-

@smitty86 said:

Inb4 truck jokes

Oh, fuck.

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Posted by SgtGrumbles

Sponsored by Toyota.

Posted by Humanity

Theres absolutely no reason for this to be a movie. A Deus Ex movie yes, a Demons Souls movie yes, Gears movie yeah sure! An island with zombies and a ton of killing and snippets of plot turned into a full fledged movie production? I'll just watch 28 Weeks later or something.

Posted by EmoMcGee

So, will the movie only have 10 zombies on-screen at once? Will we have to sit through 90 minutes of people going through bags? Will we have to watch someone go on the incredible adventure of looking for a teddy?!

Damn it, I hope so.

Posted by lockwoodx

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

This ^

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

Oh, THANK GOD there can finally be a movie about zombies!

Posted by ryanwho

@Humanity said:

Theres absolutely no reason for this to be a movie. A Deus Ex movie yes, a Demons Souls movie yes, Gears movie yeah sure! An island with zombies and a ton of killing and snippets of plot turned into a full fledged movie production? I'll just watch 28 Weeks later or something.

Guys, a zombie movie already exists. So cut it out.

Posted by Maajin

Oh, Hollywood...

Posted by emem

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

Memento style would work and I think it would be the first in that genre.. I'd watch it.

Posted by Rapid

Hopefully this will make it more like what those people expecting the trailer happy now.

Posted by JackSukeru

It'd be funny if the movie got stuck in development hell for several years only to come out less similar to the trailer and more similar to the actual game.

Posted by Enigma777

I'm expecting lots of zombie cameltoe.

Posted by metalsnakezero

So how is this going to work?

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

Hey not a bad idea.

Posted by Humanity

@ryanwho said:

@Humanity said:

Theres absolutely no reason for this to be a movie. A Deus Ex movie yes, a Demons Souls movie yes, Gears movie yeah sure! An island with zombies and a ton of killing and snippets of plot turned into a full fledged movie production? I'll just watch 28 Weeks later or something.

Guys, a zombie movie already exists. So cut it out.

My comment is more along the lines of: with so many great IP's out there with fully fleshed out worlds and stories, why would anyone bother transforming this game into a movie apart from 'hey people like Zombies'

Posted by YoshiKart64

The trailer itself was perfect. Why bother extending that when the concept has already been done properly; just because a piece of media is 2-3 minutes doesn't mean it can't stand by itself.

Posted by risseless

@SeriouslyNow said:

Rifling Through Luggage : The Movie.

Posted by probablytuna

Derp.

Posted by Vexxan

Could be something, right?

Edited by MannyMAR

I'll watch it only if they have a scene where Sam B performs "Who Do You Voodoo." in reverse.

Posted by Cincaid

@metalsnakezero said:

So how is this going to work?

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

Hey not a bad idea.

Memento: The Zombie Edition

Edited by Dany

@Cincaid said:

@metalsnakezero said:

So how is this going to work?

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

Hey not a bad idea.

Memento: The Zombie Edition

Remember Sammy Jenkins

Posted by Afroman269

*sigh*

Posted by HellBrendy

@Cincaid said:

@metalsnakezero said:

So how is this going to work?

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

Hey not a bad idea.

Memento: The Zombie Edition

Sounds like a movie that requires a lot of brains from the viewers.

Posted by ninjakiller

It's gonna suck, I called it here first people.

Posted by McQuinn

DAMN YOU MICKEY ROONEY!!!

Posted by Floope

Hope the entire film is in slow motion.

Posted by Still_I_Cry

Making a 3 minute trailer 30 times longer?

They might be able to build a story around it if they have good writers. One would hope that the effects are good as well. We'll see.

Posted by TadThuggish

Gross.

Posted by BraveToaster

@Humanity said:

@ryanwho said:

@Humanity said:

Theres absolutely no reason for this to be a movie. A Deus Ex movie yes, a Demons Souls movie yes, Gears movie yeah sure! An island with zombies and a ton of killing and snippets of plot turned into a full fledged movie production? I'll just watch 28 Weeks later or something.

Guys, a zombie movie already exists. So cut it out.

My comment is more along the lines of: with so many great IP's out there with fully fleshed out worlds and stories, why would anyone bother transforming this game into a movie apart from 'hey people like Zombies'

Hollywood would ruin Demon's Souls.

Posted by Protag_B4P

Alex, the first paragraph of this article is really hard to read! Too many tangents and comma's!

Posted by AlexanderSheen

I would watch it.

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Posted by ryanwho

@Axxol said:

@Humanity said:

@ryanwho said:

@Humanity said:

Theres absolutely no reason for this to be a movie. A Deus Ex movie yes, a Demons Souls movie yes, Gears movie yeah sure! An island with zombies and a ton of killing and snippets of plot turned into a full fledged movie production? I'll just watch 28 Weeks later or something.

Guys, a zombie movie already exists. So cut it out.

My comment is more along the lines of: with so many great IP's out there with fully fleshed out worlds and stories, why would anyone bother transforming this game into a movie apart from 'hey people like Zombies'

Hollywood would ruin Demon's Souls.

I think this film's greenlight has everything to do with the response of the "trailer" (short film) and almost nothing to do with the contents of the game itself. I don't think its as simple as "hey people like zombies" but more "hey people like this trailer".

Posted by TheKing

You know, because movies based on video games are always successful.

Posted by mbr2

Yay more zombies. I myself is going to make Ghost Truck: The Movie

Posted by AhmadMetallic
@SeriouslyNow said:

Rifling Through Luggage : The Movie.

Pretty much, haha.
Posted by prestonhedges

Memento didn't really invent reversed footage. It didn't even use reversed footage.

Also lots of rights get acquired. I guess less so in video games, but still.

Posted by punisherkaos

This whole thing sounds really stupid.

Posted by Christoffer

Standard Zombie Movie: The Game: The Movie

Posted by XenoNick

Unless a truck is spasing out by being stuck I don't care.

Posted by TheMartino

I hear if you watch this movie alone it's simply not enjoyable.

Posted by ryanwho

I hear you have to watch the movie correctly or its super clunky.

Posted by Ghost_Cat

Well, I saw this coming the moment I saw that trailer. Where there are zombies, there is money.

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