Dead Island’s movie rights scooped up by Lionsgate


Like most people on earth who know what the Internet is you probably saw the teaser trailer for Dead Island and thought, “Man, that game is going to be nothing like that, but someone needs to make this into a movie that is.” Well, every film studio thought at least the latter half of that as well, and after a bit of turmoil Lionsgate has picked up the rights to make a Dead Island movie.

The really funny thing is that it’s incredibly obvious that they know nothing about the game and picked it up solely for its trailer alone, which landed 1 million views in 24 hours when it debuted. “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.”

Yea, the game is fun and all, but anyone whose actually played it knows it’s quite cliche in its characters and story so it’s pretty obvious they’re going with the trailer as the inspiration/reason for the film.

In all honesty, I seriously doubt the movie will live up to the trailer either. It’s just too good.

[via Deadline]

Matthew Razak
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