I’ve been putting no small amount of time lately into Techland’s recently released zombie beat-’em-up Dead Island. You non-gamers might know it from the really cool CG teaser/short film released earlier this year. Shortly after news on the game picked up again in 2011 — it was first announced a few years before — word emerged of plans for a film adaptation.
There’s some movement on that front today. Rights to develop the adaptation have apparently gone to Lionsgate now that a dispute involving who actually owns the rights has been resolved. The Mummy producer Sean Daniel will fill the same role for Dead Island, alongside Stefan Sonnenfeld.
“Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck,” Lionsgate’s Joe Drake said in a statement. “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.”
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