Lionsgate confirms Dead Island videogame movie

Still "in early development"

Back in February we were hugely excited at the prospect of a movie based on the videogame Dead Island, even though that game hadn't been released yet. 
Why the buzz? Blame a beautifully disturbing trailer (see below) that plays out a zombie attack on a family while a haunting melancholic score chimes over the non-linear, slow-mo footage. 
As we reported at the time Sean Daniel (The Wolfman, The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor) is producing, having cleverly snapped up the film rights back in 2009. 
The best news to come out of the latest announcement is that the trailer “will serve as its primary creative inspiration”.  
However, before we get too giddy at the thought of seeing this on the big screen, Lionsgate says the project is still “currently in the early development stage”. 
“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,” said Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake. 
Having announced losses this year after high-profile failures such as Conan, Warrior and Abduction, Drake will no-doubt be hoping Dead Island turns into an undead zombie cash cow. 

Can a game trailer really translate into a great movie? Can this be better than the Resident Evil films? And just how would you go about killing an undead zombie cash cow? Answers in the comment section below!


    • SLebeau

      Sep 28th 2011, 20:16

      No taylor lautner please

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 28th 2011, 23:14

      Hear that? Thats the sound of Uwe Boll clearing his diary...

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    • FBALee

      Sep 29th 2011, 4:08

      I'm not a gamer, but even I was impressed when my bf showed me the trailer several weeks ago, and I decided I wanted to play the game. I think if the movie keeps the same melancholy, tragic, and grotesque tone it could be pretty sweet.

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    • MorganRoss

      Sep 29th 2011, 8:43

      I still get goosebumps when I watch this trailer, they need to get Frank Darabont to produce or direct it and give it the heart he managed to put into the first season of the Walking Dead.

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    • Matt76

      Sep 29th 2011, 13:44

      The hell with the movie. Just put the trailer for the game on the big screen and be done with it. Tells the story with flair and grace in under five minutes. Absolutely perfect.

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