The long-awaited Dead Island adaptation has found new life, with Occupant Entertainment signing a deal with video game publisher Deep Silver for a new feature.
Lionsgate acquired the rights to Dead Island back in September 2011, a few months after the game's trailer went viral in February 2011. The game, which follows a group of vacationers on a remote island resort trying to survive a deadly zombie outbreak, has sold over 8 million units worldwide. Machinima even released a live-action remake of the trailer last year, but we haven't heard anything about the movie adaptation in several years.
The project stalled at Lionsgate after Alli Shearmur left the company, and, eventually, the rights reverted back to Deep Silver. There are no filmmakers or talent attached to the project yet, but given the buzz that was swirling around the property at the time of its release, it may not take long to find a writer and director interested in bringing this hit game to life.
Occupant and Deep Silver are putting the project on the fast track, in hopes of having it ready for either the Berlin Film Festival or the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Both companies are on the hunt for an "innovative director" with a unique take on the game and its sequel.
Here's what Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino had to say about Dead Island.
"Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse. We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience."
Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz had this to say in his statement.
"The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience. 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."
Occupant Entertainment launched in 2006 with All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which wasn't released until last year. The company is also behind other titles such as The Wackness, Better Living Through Chemistry, Madame Bovary. Deep Silver is releasing a video game sequel to Dead Island next spring, which is set on Venice Beach. The trailer has already amassed over 10 million