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Dead Island Movie Actually Happening

Lionsgate is so moved by Dead Island's announcement trailer, they decided to make a movie about it.

By Jared Henry on 9/27/2011
If the ending of Dead Island left you yearning for a sequel, you may have gotten more than you bargained for.  In fact, Dead Island is now in the works for a full-fledged feature film. Lionsgate has purchased the rights to Dead Island not because of the success of the game itself, but instead due to the hype and media attention surrounding the heart-wrenching announcement trailer released some time ago.  Continually referred to as "the greatest trailer of all time", the slow motion, time-reversed video features a young girl running helplessly towards her family from a horde of zombies only to be bitten and thus, attack her own father who is desperately trying to protect his wife and daughter.  Amidst the chaos of the now over-run room, the father backs up into a window where his little girl will fall from the breath-taking heights of one of Banoi Resort Hotel's top floors.  This is all backed by an ominous piano score that ironically compliments its contradicting content which seamlessly makes the viewer emotionally invested in an act that demands empathy.  

Lionsgate's co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake stated, "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."

At the moment, there is no official list of actors or directors in consideration for the film, but Sean Daniel, who's credits include The Mummy, Tombstone, and Dazed and Confused, is confirmed as the producer.  

Whether you liked the game or not, there is no denying the power behind Dead Island's spine-chilling announcement trailer that transcends the typical gaudy status quo.  There have been few games that have had me sold based purely on a trailer but this is one of them, and I must admit, out of the dozens of times I've seen the look in the father's eyes as he reaches for his daughter's hand at the end, it never fails to put a lump in my throat.  

Here's to hoping that a Dead Island film can re-create the same sense of emotional desperation and heart-yearning hoplessness that this trailer so flawlessly does.



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Shakaku on October 10, 2011
oh wow, i'll def see this, hope its good
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kilky18 on September 29, 2011
Hmm never saw the trailer. Bought the game purely on reading about what the game-play offers and its really nice detail into atmosphere and setting. When I first hit a zombie and it retaliated by knocking me to the ground I realised that these weren't just enemies that would be easily put away and some care would be taken to survive. Made that game a lot more thrilling and engaging to play.

Will have to check this out when my internet isn't as slow as balls.
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Haikouzen on September 28, 2011
Also I commend Dead Island for having the balls to put a kid in the game in the most gruesome way. %*@&ed up things happen every day. Let's stop pretending they dont. Thanks guys.
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Haikouzen on September 28, 2011
I would like to see tyrese in this movie. He gives the right amount of seriousness and comic relief without making it too silly. Just funny as hell. And would break the tension for a over dramatic empathy movie. I'm a big fan of Lionsgate but hope you guys put a little comic relief in. good luck.
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tristan on September 28, 2011
i want dead island
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Dualsmg14 on September 28, 2011
Never saw that trailer before. That was one of the best game trailers I've seen in quite some time. Kinda makes me want to get the game.
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holygamer on September 28, 2011
seems like the type of movie liongate would make, could actually turn out ok if it was done right. The video itself is sad and funny at the same time
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