Dead Island Movie Back in Development

After the first attempt failed, publisher Deep Silver found a new partner for a Dead Island movie.

Publisher Deep Silver is taking another attempt at making its zombie game Dead Island into a movie.

According to Deadline, Deep Silver has partnered with Occupant Entertainment to package, produce, and finance a movie based on the game, set on a paradise island infested with the undead.

“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience,” Deep Silver owner Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said. “We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand.”

If the news sounds a little familiar it’s because Deep Silver made a similar deal with Lionsgate back in 2011, though that project fell through. When the rights reverted back to Deep Silver, it took the project to Occupant, which was one of the original bidders.

At the time, Lionsgate said that its interest in Dead Island was sparked by the original CGI trailer for the game, which went on to garner millions of views on YouTube and a Golden Lion award at Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity (an advertising award).

In addition to Dead Island 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, Deep Silver is also working on on the MOBA Dead Island: Epidemic, and the stealth-based Escape Dead Island for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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35 comments
MoreThot
MoreThot

Well look on the bright side. Once you've seen the trailer you've seen the movie XD

hystavito
hystavito

I was just thinking, I'm surprised there hasn't already been a movie called "Dead Island", I mean before the game.  There are so many movies called Dead-Something, surprised it never happened, or maybe it did and it was just some really unknown movie, I couldn't find one after a few quick searches.

Anutha_One
Anutha_One

Most people assume that when they say this is once again in development for a movie, they automatically assume it means Hollywood blockbuster with a huge budget.  More than likely, this will be a straight to Syfy channel zombie movie like all of the other B-rated zombie movies that appear on that channel.

crujoness
crujoness

This is simply name recognition BS. The average person be like, "I see name before. I throw money at." This is why movie reboots/remakes are becoming more abundant. People are more likely to spend money if there are loose similarities to something they've experienced in the past as long at the title is the same. Hollywood is taking advantage of it, but consumers are allowing them to do so. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

I say this as one of two actual true fans on this website. Please stop. Please. You do not make a zombie movie based loosely on a game based entirely on QUINDOZENS of zombie movies. That means no dead island movie and NO last of us movie.

Qixote
Qixote

Can't wait to see the deceptive trailer which will sucker people into the theater and then make them regret it afterward.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Do they actually believe their own BS? lol. 

Please don't make this, it's stupid, unoriginal and a really really overdone, boring subject matter.

It won't make a ton of money, it will fail on every conceivable level.

Then again... People keep paying money to see Transformer movies, so what do I know?

Knock yourselves out, go on ahead an make your movie and make tons of money. 

I won't be paying to see something I've seen a thousand times already.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience,”

I laughed so hard. There is no universe - it's just brainless slashing of zombies. Here's a movie about zombies on an island, so I suppose you're out of luck:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134854/

Now if we can get some of those people that made the trailers to make a movie, then we can talk.

tmrtyn
tmrtyn

Just watch Zombi 2 (also known as Zombie, Zombie Flesh Eaters, or Woodoo). It's the only Zombie + Paradise Island movie that's worth watching IMO. Don't need a tacky video game spinoff thanks...

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

It will be interesting to see how much the movie trailer has to do with the movie.  ~grin~

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

It's gonna be Zombies On An Island, can't really see it being THAT hard to make a no-brainer zombie film of. I'll probably watch it for some cheesy fun.

chewbacca72
chewbacca72

Let's hope it's better than the Far Cry movie.

skipper847
skipper847

Dead island needs a new publisher deep silver is rubbish.

simsumre
simsumre

Zombies and super hero movies. Merica, land of the over grown children that still sleep in their ninja turtle pajamas.

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

Dear Deep Silver... We're getting tired of the genre.  No one is asking for any more zombie movies or shows.


Just stop already.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Be funny if they put out a really cool trailer then followed it up with a less then stellar movie... it be the true Dead Island experience brought to film

DrKill09
DrKill09

Am I the only one getting sick to death of the zombie craze?


I mean, I love zombie films, but the market is just oversaturated now.  Part of the charm was when it was an underground thing.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

even though I enjoyed the Dead Island series, I'll wait for reviews for the movie before deciding to watch or not, since a lot of video game port movies are not that good

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I watch all Zombie movies which were some based on Dead Island and since I enjoy Dead Island games, I'll pass on this movie.

A Zombie movie, been there-done that.

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

Is Fosbury around cos I smell a flop

warriors30
warriors30

As a fan of the horror genre even I got kinda bored of zombie movies...the fact that this one is based on a video game makes it seem even worse. Can't say I have high hopes for this one.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I can just see this being another generic zombie movie complete with acting as wooden as the game's animations, and the name 'Dead Island' slapped on it to try and boost interest. I kind of hope they make it stupid like they're doing with Dead Island 2.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@crujoness You've basically described all of human behavior.  Movies, TV shows, novels, comics, clothes, music, friends -- we're more likely to give it a shot if it connects with something we have positive associations with.

northArrow
northArrow

@Sl4cka I'm starting to think we need to make a clear definition of what a "rich and unique setting" actually is.



I'd also like to add the word "innovative" to that list

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@vicsrealms If I was them, I would charge for the trailer and giveout the movie for free.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@skipper847 On the one hand; Deep Silver is wonky.


On the other hand: Saints Row 3, Saints Row 4, Homefront, Iron Front - these games beg to differ.

Barighm
Barighm

@skipper847 Well they have an entirely new developer. Some of the new devs ideas actually sound pretty cool. Maybe that's all the game really needs.

Barighm
Barighm

@simsumre >> *posts in a gaming forum*

Deano
Deano

@DrKill09 it's been an overdone theme for a while, if a movie or game it based around a zombie storyline I don't even consider buying it

grenadehh
grenadehh

@northArrow @Xirtahm Waaaah FPS's the fallback rally cry of the self-acclaimed counter-culture hipster gamers. I actually, honestly, have not heard that nonsense garbage in about 12 years since Xbox and PS2, not that I remember anyway. Ohhh nostalgia.