<i>Dead Island</i> Publisher Sets Record Straight About Movie Rights

Last week a trailer premiered for a zombie survival video game called Dead Island. The three-minute clip doesn't show a shred of gameplay, but it's a well-made CG-animated short film unto itself. Take a look:

The game was first announced several years ago, but the trailer reinvigorated the gaming public's interest in what is said to be an open-world first-person shooter adventure with role-playing game-like side quests and character development. The sort of deep, story-driven play that die-hard gamers go nuts for.

Very soon after the trailer debuted, reports started popping up about the game already being picked up for a Hollywood feature treatment. Malte Wagener, head of global business development for the game's publisher Deep Silver, sat down this week for a chat with the Los Angeles Times to address the rumors and set everyone straight.

"We've had a lot of inquiries, not only from Union [Entertainment] but from other major players for film adaptation," he said. "The talks are very early and there's no deal whatsoever. Right now I'd say it boils down to three or four opportunities. Some are studios, not just bonders [financiers] like Union. We'd rather go with a big studio that can bring the creative side."

So there you have it. Nothing in development, though plans are heading in that direction. There's quite a bit more to the full interview, make sure you check it out.

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