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Dead Island Film Rights Already Bought And Paid For

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Update: It appears the rights for a Dead Island have not yet been sold. According to a press release from Deep Silver, publisher of the Techland-developed game:

Since video games publisher Deep Silver revealed the upcoming game Dead Island™ this week, its accompanying promotional trailer has created a tremendous amount of buzz in the internet community and has been hailed a "Must See" throughout.


As a result, Deep Silver has received a massive amount of interest in the film adaptation rights to the Dead Island IP. Contrary to rumors that have been circulating, neither the film rights nor any other licenses have yet been sold by Deep Silver, which is the sole IP holder of the Dead Island brand.



We will bring you more as it arises. Read the original article, in all its misinformed glory, after the jump.
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In what is either record speed, or well-planned hype, the rights for Dead Island have already been purchased. This comes hot on the heels of a much-lauded trailer that Super Swede posted about on Thursday.

From HitFix:

Sean Daniel has been producing movies for 20 years now, and before that, he was a studio executive at Universal, having supervised films like "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Do The Right Thing." He's a guy who has fairly broad taste as a producer, having worked on films like "Dazed and Confused," "Tombstone," "The Mummy," and "The Wolfman."

And now Sean Daniel is the producer of "Dead Island," based on the video game that became a buzz sensation based on the animated trailer that premiered a few days ago.

According to Hitfix, Techland has been pushing Dead Island through development hell for years now, but the title has gotten enormous press since the Axis-produced trailer hit the internet. In what may be disappointing to some (but, really, should be a surprise to none), the trailer is not part of the game.

Techland has been careful in the wake of the trailer's viral explosion to state that what you see in the trailer isn't part of the game, but is simply meant to suggest "the sorts of things that could happen in this world," which suggests that the characters in the trailer aren't even part of the game.

This, however, leaves the film possibilities wide open. There's currently no information out there about anyone attached to the film other than producer Daniel, and no indication about what direction the film will take. So, at this point news about the film version should be taken with a grain of salt. Cinema is littered with adaptations that never happened. Remember when John Woo got the rights for Metroid? Seven years later, Samus still hasn't blasted her way through theatres. What about the BioShock movie that will never be? Just buying in to a hit series doesn't seem to be enough; however, zombie movies are hot right now, and if the game is a hit, that would serve as great publicity for a film coming hot on its heels. One way or the other, the hype around Dead Island continues to swell.

For more GayGamer coverage of Dead Island click here.

6 Comments

I am only interested in the film if it gets an R rating. If it's PG-13, count me out.

The game isn't even out yet! Aren't they jumping the gun on this?

Pretty sure the emotional tugs the trailer bestowed upon people is the core reason it was greatly received, so if they're not even using the same characters [or using such a story structure], then just what sets it apart from the rest...?

Also yes, jumping the gun much on the film. Seems a little desperate.

Quest said:

I think it's a good idea if done right and not watered down. And being that a lot of the movie to video game adaptions don't normally follow the video games story line structure that may allow them to actually use the storyline from the trailer that apparently wont be used in the actual game.

Necron99 said:

I thought the trailer was a coldplay video, I wasn't very impessed, in fact I'm amazed at how many people seem so gaga about a stupid trailer that doesn't tell you much about the game besides it has zombies in it.
I'm not saying the game will be bad, but I won't say it's amazing either. It looks more like a marketing gimmick at the moment doesn't it?

Briker Ed said:

Loss of a loved one, falling apart of the perfect relationship/family in reverse has been done many times. Masterfully in the trailer, I have to admit. Though, after watching "Irréversible" stuff like this just doesn't have a big impact on me any more.

Also, are zombies the ongoing fad now, like we had (have?) it with WWII/Vietnam ever since the first Medal of Honor was published? Getting bit old, imo. They've started popping out of my fridge....

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