Dead Island is headed to the movies. We already knew that, but the original project stalled to the point of keeling over. It’s now been re-started thanks to Occupant Entertainment, working together with publisher Deep Silver.
The movie rights were originally snapped up back in 2011, but were then lost following an industry shakeup. Once they were back with Deep Silver, the studio wasted no time in signing a new deal with Occupant, an indie studio that had bid on the property the first time around.
Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino explains:
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. We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience.
Of course, in the time since the rights were originally picked up, Deep Silver has gone on to work on more games in the series – so Dead Island has now been joined by Dead Island: Riptide, while Escape Dead Island is in the works for a Q3 release. Most excitingly, Dead Island 2 was revealed earlier this year, taking the franchise in a completely different, flippant direction.
The film project’s being fast-tracked for an early 2015 start, says Deadline, with both studios scrabbling for a director.