Lionsgate has announced that it’s optioned film rights from Deep Silver to develop a feature inspired by Dead Island. The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake.
“Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck,” said Drake. “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.”
Like the trailer the film Dead Island will focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling. The film is currently in the early development stage with producers attached. Sean Daniel will spearhead production through his Sean Daniel Company and is joined by Stefan Sonnenfeld, who previously worked with directors including J.J Abrams, Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski.
There is, of course, no expected release date for the movie as yet.
You can read our review for Dead Island (the game) here.