We’re Getting a ‘Dead Rising’ Movie From Legendary

By June 20, 2014
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Attention zombie fans and video game junkies! We’re about to get a Dead Rising movie from Legendary. According to Variety, Capcom’s super popular zombie-fighting game, which started back in 2006, is coming in movie form – but not in the way you would expect.

In a move that is in line with the massive changes in the way we consume entertainment these days, Legendary will produce a “full-length digital feature,” but it’s going to stream on Sony’s service Crackle instead of being released in theaters. Afterward, the film will be released on disc media, TV, and VOD.

Tom Lesinski, chief of Legendary Digital, said,”Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand. Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience.”

Though we don’t yet know who will direct the film, we do know that Tim Carter will write and produce with Tomas Harlan. This could be very good news for video game fans because their production company Contradiction Films produced the amazing digital series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.” We previously wrote about that series here.

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So, the fly in the ointment? Zombie projects are a little played out at this point. The game series, the latest of which (Dead Rising 3) was released last fall, centers on a single character trying to survive a zombie outbreak. Where have we heard that before? The site gives us this plot synopsis: “When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy.” Sounds like they’ll be going with the more serious tone of the earlier games and not the sillier one in the last iteration.

The thing about game-to-film adaptations (and why they don’t work very often) is that the thing that makes them different is the ability to be a part of the action. Without that, how do you differentiate between this and every other zombie film out there?

So, we want to hear your thoughts. Are you zombied-out? Are you excited to see the game that kept you up for days at a time in a film format? Let us know in the comments.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.