A movie based on the 'Dead Island' video game is happening, but is it a good idea?
If at first you don't succeed, try again! Unless what you're trying is a really bad idea in the first place. Then maybe you should give up and focus on other some other things. Especially if it's the proposed movie adaptation of the video game zombie franchise, Dead Island.
The hit video game franchise, Dead Island, is going to be made into a movie
Dead Island was a mega hit when it first debuted on PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, and PC platforms in 2011, and it wasn't surprising in the least. Hype reached massive levels prior to the game's release with its reveal trailer, depicting a vague but intriguing cinematic/movie-like look into a family vacation gone wrong. The game itself hardly matched the trailer. Though it had a fun level-up system and crafting mechanic to it, the hack-and-slashing of zombies provided its fun for only so long until it got boring. Dead Island's follow-up, Dead Island: Riptide, was even more disappointing; it offered nothing new to an already stale franchise, and it was time for the developers to go back to the drawing board.
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However, before the release of Riptide, talks for a full-length film were in the works, and the studio Lionsgate obtained the rights to distribute it. Of course, those plans eventually fell apart, but apparently Hollywood thinks it's worth giving it another go. Announced last week, Dead Island developer Deep Silver struck a deal with Occupant Entertainment (The Wackness, St. Vincent) to make the game into a movie with hopes of it actually getting made this time.
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"Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse," said Occupant Entertainment's Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino in a press release. Apparently, the movie is set to either be based on the first game - which didn't have too great of a story - or the recently announced third game in the series, Dead Island 2, out in 2015.
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