Dead Island film confirmed by Lionsgate
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Could this be the first feature length film based on a trailer?...
Everyone who saw it remembers the teaser trailer for Dead Island. Everyone who hasn't seen it is missing out on quite a bit, so if you've been living under a rock recently, go watch it now. I'll wait.
Okay, now that everyone has seen it I can talk about how awesome it was. It's an emotional roller-coaster that unfolds in reverse, showing the desperate struggle and inevitable demise of one small family, fighting to survive an undead invasion of their holiday in the sun.
When the trailer landed it blasted expectations for the game sky high, and everyone on the internet was talking about it. When Dead Island finally was released, more than a few eager fans were pretty disappointed that the emotional turmoil of the trailer didn't really translate into the actual game. Sure, the game is good, and well worth your time and money, but it didn't really achieve the same manic praise of its first trailer.
Which is why it is pretty interesting that Lionsgate has just announced that it has bought the rights to a film version of the game already, and it has already found a producer (Sean Daniel of The Mummy) to work on the film.
Bearing in mind the quality of the teaser, and the fun, yet messy final game, it is a safe bet to say that Lionsgate was really interested in the trailer, not the game as a whole. Which is somewhat expected, seeing as the game received some pretty varied reviews, while its trailer won awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
So far there is no word on directors, actors or any kind of plot, but a brief statement from Lionsgate has confirmed that they will be trying for the same level of emotional weight and tense desperation as the trailer, which sounds very promising to say the least. Let's hope that they can achieve it a little more effectively than the game itself...
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