Remember when the trailer for Dead Island you see above officially released last February? It came out to a warm reception of praise and love from fans all over the gaming industry. It also spawned a round of quickly squashed movie adaptation rumors.
Well, it seems there was some legitimate merit to the opus for those rumblings. Lionsgate, the film company, has officially announced that they have snagged the rights to turn that Dead Island trailer into a movie of their own. Lionsgate COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake was quoted in the official press release regarding Lionsgate’s decision.
“Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck…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.”
As for who’s involved with the production so far at this early stage, well, the release only announces producers. Here you have it:
The film DEAD ISLAND is currently in the early development stage with producers attached. Sean Daniel (THE MUMMY, TOMBSTONE, DAZED AND CONFUSED) will spearhead production through his Sean Daniel Company. A veteran producer with global franchises under his belt, Daniel is to be joined in producing by Stefan Sonnenfeld, who has been a pioneer in the post production field, using the process as a platform to create a unique visual brand with directors including J.J Abrams, Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski. Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company and Missy Papageorge for Sonnenfeld’s Sunny Field Productions are executive producing, with Sarah Perlman of Sunny Field Productions serving as co-producer.
If Sean Daniel is able to wrangle talent like J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay or Gore Verbinski, this will have an outstanding chance at becoming the best video game movie ever made. Though, this may actually be a completely new genre of adapted film. A movie based on the trailer based on a video game.
We don’t know what to think of that.