‘Dead Island’ Movie Gets New Life; Adaptation Back on Track

By August 2, 2014

Not sure why, but there’s a Dead Island movie in the works.

On Friday, Deep Silver (Dead Island’s publisher) and Occupant Entertainment announced plans to “package, produce and finance” a live-action film based on their (inexplicably) popular video game franchise. For those of you not in the know, Dead Island is a first person survival horror game set on a tropical island resort (think Sandals) that’s overrun by a zombie outbreak, and it’s up to you to help the survivors gather the things they need to, well, survive.

This isn’t the first time Dead Island‘s tried to make its way to the big screen, however – Deep Silver originally had a deal with Lionsgate back in 2011 that never came to fruition. Now it’s Occupant Entertainment’s turn to see if they can get the motor running.

“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,” say OE partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino, while Koch Media CEO (owner of Deep Silver) Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said that “The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience,” and that they are “very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand.”


That’s all well and good, but if the film looks anything like the first DI – where you’re basically turned into a poorly-armed errand boy gathering items for surviving guests and staff hiding out in a hotel room (seriously, the hotel staff – they friggin’ WORK there and know the resort, so why aren’t THEY getting the stuff or at least helping?!) – I’ll skip the $17 ticket.

I’m kind of over the whole zombie thing at the moment, BUT if they manage to make it fun AND scary like director Tommy Wirkola did with his Nazi-zombie horror film Dead Snow, I’ll give it a try!

The Dead Island movie has a target production date of early 2015 in order to get cast, crew and director put in place. In the meantime, Deep Silver is working on Escape Dead Island, Dead Island: Epidemic and the new “zombie co-op vacation” that is Dead Island 2.

Check out the DI2 trailer, where the zombies decide to come to California for some sun (and warm meat) as they take over Venice Beach.

I guess we’ll see about the movie and DI2 come Spring 2015 but in the meantime, what do you think?

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