Page 2 - Here's Why 'Dead Island' Shouldn't Be A Movie
Despite the optimism, a Dead Island movie is just bound for failure. The game itself does have its brightpoints: it's an action-role playing game in an open world setting, and it's hard to go wrong with that. But the overall content matter is just simply played out. Does anyone even care about zombies anymore aside from The Walking Dead?
'Dead Island' won't translate like 'The Last of Us' or 'The Walking Dead'
The Walking Dead is arguably the juggernaut of zombie entertainment, and even now the appeal is far more based on its character aspect than the fact that there are zombies present. There's nothing that a Dead Island movie can offer that hasn't been offered before, and if there is, it'll stray so far away from its game counterpart that just tying in the name will sound like an obvious money milker.
Want to see a video game that's built to be a movie? Take a look at The Last of Us. Succeeding as a game and with its story, there's no question that a movie can work, especially with the right people surrounding it. It's a prime example of a post-apocalyptic setting featuring infected monsters that doesn't fall into the same doom and gloom cliches. Now, the trailer for the upcoming Dead Island 2 followed a similarly charming feel that Dead Island had with its trailer, too, so maybe there's somehow a way to incorporate those strengths onto the big screen - but even then it's doubtful.
Even though a Dead Island movie is in the works, that doesn't mean that things are slowing down on the video game front. Aside from the main sequel Dead Island 2, a free-to-play PC-only multiplayer title, Dead Island: Epidemic, is currently in a closed beta, while Escape Dead Island will hit last-gen platforms later this fall. Ultimately, the success of a Dead Island movie will sorely depend on whether it can go against the grain with what other zombie movies offer. If not, people will easily get their undead fix elsewhere.