Lionsgate Acquires Rights to Turn Dead Island Into a Movie

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Posted by alex (3481 posts) -
Finally, Hollywood has cut out the middle man and is simply making movies based on independently produced video game trailers.
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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#1 Posted by alex (3481 posts) -
Finally, Hollywood has cut out the middle man and is simply making movies based on independently produced video game trailers.
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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#2 Edited by sugetipula (106 posts) -

Good enough.

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#3 Edited by BBQBram (2478 posts) -

Convoluted to all hell.

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#4 Posted by rmanthorp (4527 posts) -

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

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#5 Posted by Vestigial_Man (317 posts) -

Cool could be good.

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#6 Posted by jeffrud (545 posts) -
“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.

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#7 Edited by smitty86 (708 posts) -

Inb4 truck jokes

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#8 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -

Rifling Through Luggage : The Movie.

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#9 Posted by JoeyRavn (5219 posts) -

Hey, I wish the red tru-

@smitty86 said:

Inb4 truck jokes

Oh, fuck.

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#10 Posted by SgtGrumbles (1024 posts) -

Sponsored by Toyota.

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#11 Posted by Humanity (16215 posts) -

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.

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#12 Posted by EmoMcGee (61 posts) -

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.

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#13 Posted by lockwoodx (2531 posts) -

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

This ^

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#14 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2547 posts) -

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

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#15 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

@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.

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#16 Posted by Maajin (1171 posts) -

Oh, Hollywood...

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#17 Posted by emem (2059 posts) -

@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.

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#18 Posted by Rapid (1594 posts) -

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

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#19 Posted by jacksukeru (6563 posts) -

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.

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#20 Posted by Enigma777 (6285 posts) -

I'm expecting lots of zombie cameltoe.

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#21 Posted by metalsnakezero (2832 posts) -

So how is this going to work?

@manthorp said:

I hope the entire movie is in reverse.

Hey not a bad idea.

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#22 Posted by Humanity (16215 posts) -

@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'

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#23 Posted by YoshiKart64 (41 posts) -

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.

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#24 Posted by risseless (578 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow said:

Rifling Through Luggage : The Movie.

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#25 Posted by probablytuna (4922 posts) -

Derp.

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#26 Posted by Vexxan (4633 posts) -

Could be something, right?

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#27 Edited by MannyMAR (658 posts) -

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

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#28 Posted by Cincaid (3051 posts) -

@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

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#29 Edited by Dany (8018 posts) -

@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

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#30 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -

*sigh*

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#31 Posted by HellBrendy (1123 posts) -

@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.

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#32 Posted by ninjakiller (3427 posts) -

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

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#33 Posted by McQuinn (661 posts) -

DAMN YOU MICKEY ROONEY!!!

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#34 Posted by Floope (209 posts) -

Hope the entire film is in slow motion.

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#35 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2521 posts) -

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.

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#36 Posted by TadThuggish (990 posts) -

Gross.

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#37 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

@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.

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#38 Posted by Protag_B4P (34 posts) -

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

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#39 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5150 posts) -

I would watch it.

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#40 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

@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".

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#41 Posted by TheKing (856 posts) -

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

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#42 Posted by mbr2 (615 posts) -

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

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#43 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow said:

Rifling Through Luggage : The Movie.

Pretty much, haha.
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#44 Posted by prestonhedges (1961 posts) -

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.

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#45 Posted by punisherkaos (336 posts) -

This whole thing sounds really stupid.

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#46 Posted by Christoffer (2325 posts) -

Standard Zombie Movie: The Game: The Movie

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#47 Posted by XenoNick (1570 posts) -

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

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#48 Posted by TheMartino (136 posts) -

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

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#49 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

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

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#50 Posted by Ghost_Cat (2042 posts) -

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

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