Dead Island Movie, Based on Awesome Trailer, Gets the Green Light

Lionsgate options rights for non-linear zombie survival film

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Dead Island Movie, Based on Awesome Trailer, Gets the Green Light
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Remember that breathtaking reverse-action trailer for the zombie survival game Dead Island? It looks like it’s going to be the basis for an upcoming film from Lionsgate studios.

The films was discussed back in February when the now-famous trailer was revealed, but it lost traction. Today’s official announcement comes directly from Lionsgate.

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.

I guess it’s refreshing to see a studio come out and just say that a trailer will serve as the primary inspiration for the film. It might be the first time a film was developed based on a three minute trailer, though.

The game itself was released back on September 6th to pretty universal acclaim. It’s a first person “shooter” with RPG elements like an experience system and weapons upgrading. The game relies heavily on melee weapons as opposed to guns and is fairly open-world in its progression.

The film wants to tell a “human” zombie story in a non-linear fashion, just like the trailer. Half of the official release today is spent praising the 3 minute reveal trailer –

Told in a stark, non-linear fashion, the wrenching trailer captured worldwide fan attention and unanimous critical praise upon its debut, receiving over one million hits in its first 24 hours online, and nearly 10 million views by two days after its debut. Wired Magazine, College Humor and G4TV all called it the best video game trailer of all time, with G4TV adding “The Dead Island trailer is the best trailer I have ever seen in my life. The best video game trailer. The best movie trailer. The best anything trailer.” The trailer went on to win the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, the advertising industry’s highest honor, and it was featured by Adweek on their annual list of the World’s Best Commercials.

But it will still be a zombie film, even with the focus on “human emotions.” If the game itself is any indication, we will see our fair share of decapitations and spilling of entrails.

To be fair, that trailer is an amazing piece of art. And trust me, studios have relied on far thinner sources of inspiration for feature films.

The producer attached to the project, Sean Daniel, produced films like Tombstone and Dazed and Confused.

Alas, I get to embed the trailer in question –

What do you think? Could Dead Island be the next great zombie flick? The Memento of the zombie genre? Let us know in the comments.

Dead Island Movie, Based on Awesome Trailer, Gets the Green Light
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  • anon

    A gears movie would’ve been better

    • Matt

      Thats actually in the talks too, and im sure there will be a studio that picks it up.

      But as for this movie, i dont think they made a mistake in making it. 97% of people who watch movies have no imagination what so ever, so when it comes to beating the dead horse especially with something that has already captured so many hearts, i.e.- the dead island trailer. There will be no shortage of people lining up to see this movie.

    • Daniel

      Nah I say Killzone I would LOVE to see a Killzone movie that game kicks ass!!

  • http://richardorange.com Richard

    Agreed, it is impressive CGI especially, “in reverse”, but i for one and many other film buffs are increasingly tired and bored with “flashy cgi” films that have no purpose and are really nothing but more “eye candy”.
    In other words, these producers had better have some bloody good writers involved.
    It is always about the story as it well should be!

  • bahman

    As an actual filmmaker, this idea is retarded. There is no art in filmmaking anymore and it’s really hurting the industry. The whole commercial was awesome, but it’s no original. It’s been done before. That whole reverse from the ending with intercuts from the beginning.
    Whoever the director of this film is, I hope he burns in cinema-hell for being so unoriginal. I mean, seriously… making a movie… based off of… a fucking video game commercial.

    • bigwig

      he mad

      • Drew

        Could be really good. I mean, the game came up a bit short in story, but it had a lot of potential. Ending’s really sad though

        • Drew

          Also this is the first time I’ve seen this style of commercial for anything like this but if you have some examples I’d be happy to check them out.

  • megan

    That father figure should probably be played by Edward Norton should this movie come into fruition.

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