Dead Island, that zombie game that got a lot of buzz for its atmospheric trailer featuring a little girl getting zombied and thrown out a window, is now going to be a movie, thanks to Lionsgate. The studio has just purchased the film rights to the video game and, from their press release, it sounds like these guys have totally seen that trailer, and they cannot wait to make a movie based on what they assume the game is probably like based entirely on that trailer:
Like the trailer that will serve as its primary creative inspiration, the film DEAD ISLAND will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling. Said [Lionsgate co-COO and Motion Picture Group President] Drake of the property's acquisition, "Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck." He continued, "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."
Built-in brand recognition and franchise potential? Don't get carried away there, Drake, this isn't a board game we're talking about. But yeah, who am I kidding, you can probably squeeze a trilogy or two out of that trailer. Already we're getting a movie version of Asteroids, and that's just about asteroids, so in terms of video game movies, this might actually be a step in the right direction.
Anyway, here's that trailer that will soon be a movie: