Lionsgate Making Dead Island Movie

Chris Savage

One of the greatest trailers we have seen for a long time came from the zombie game Dead Island. The initial trailer basically took the world by storm and soon after, we heard the first rumblings that Dead Island has been considered for a movie.

Well, it looks like that time is getting closer, as according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate has optioned the film rights from the video game publisher Deep Silver to create a movie based upon Dead Island.

Joe Drake the Lionsgate motion picture group president mentioned;

“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,”

So, expect to hear more on this one in the months to come, who would you like to direct an adaptation of Dead Island?


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      1. Skincarver September 28, 2011 at 5:44 am

        anyone but uwe boll would be nice thank you

      2. Jczarowitz September 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        Well him AND Paul W.S. Anderson lol

      3. Ujiji September 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

        Enough with the zombies, already? Unless you’re competent and have a good idea and script. Something like Darabont did with Walking Dead, and Romero used to be able to do with his Dead series of films. It’s not the days when any zombie movie can be good. It’s not fresh anymore. There have been tons of shitty zombie movies going direct to video, since the undead rebirth that happened after 28 Days and the Dawn of the Dead remake. And it looks like it will never end. Like someone mentioned, Uwe Boll (with his House of the Dead fiasco) and Paul W.S. Anderson (with his god-awful Resident Evil films), it’s increasingly hard to adapt something from an already existing property like a videogame, much less do something unique or different with this tired genre. 

        Plus, hey, the video game was a real let down. As it moved away from the challenging premise of the scenario that took place in the original trailer, and just went on to make another mindless no-real-compelling-story zombie run from and fight off cash in of a product. This film will suffer the same fate. It’s got nothing to work from. 

        World War Z might have a chance. Good source material that will be molded into something, maybe somewhat different but still with potential. 

        Dead Island is dead in the water.