‘Dead Island’ Film Rises Again

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Remember Dead Island? Even non-gamers probably checked out the much-praised trailer that featured the non-linear story of a young girl’s descent into undead-dom. Movie rights to the game series were snapped up quickly after that trailer debuted, but that was in 2011. Actually making the movie has been a more difficult thing than making the first rights deal.

Now Dead Island is back, even as the next numbered game sequel crawls towards a 2015 release on next-gen consoles.  Read More »

Last year saw the debut of The Viewfinder List, which aims to do for aspiring filmmakers what The Black List does for screenwriters. Compiled from a poll of “studio executives, producers, and creatives,” The Viewfinder List reflects the most-liked shorts, commercials, and/or music videos of the year. The inaugural list in 2010 included such up-and-comers as Patrick Jean, whose Pixels is due out in 2013, 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, and, um, Alejandro González Iñárritu.

This year’s list has Dan Trachtenberg‘s Portal: No Escape on top, along with a few other videos you may recognize if you’ve been paying attention to /Film for the past year. Or even if you haven’t — that adorable Super Bowl Volkswagen ad with the little Darth Vader kid also made the cut, as did Chris Marrs Piliero‘s video for The Black Keys. Check out the full 2011 Viewfinder List — with video! — after the jump.

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When the trailer for the video game Dead Island hit in February of this year, it caused a sensation, and word quickly spread that a movie was in the works. That word turned out to be premature, as the film rights to the game were not packaged and sold quite as neatly as first reports suggested.

But now the rights have been sold, and Lionsgate is the buyer. Thing is, Sean Daniel, the guy who was originally reported by HitFix to be the first rights buyer, will produce the film. The idea is to make Dead Island “an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling.”

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Over the past week, one big question in horror and video game circles has been: will there or will there not be a movie based on the game Dead Island? (Or, at least, based on the trailer for the game.) We heard that film rights had been sold, then heard that the story of the rights sale may have been exaggerated. Now there is a much more detailed statement from one of the major players, seemingly confirming that guns were jumped and a movie won’t be in the works just yet. Read More »

Are the ‘Dead Island’ Film Rights Sold, Or Not?

Late last week, the internet became mostly enraptured with the trailer for the video game Dead Island. The CGI trailer told a short story about a family visiting a tropical island retreat, and showed their destruction using footage that ran forward and back along the narrative timeline.

The question of a film based on the game (or, more likely, the trailer) quickly cropped up, and on Friday night it was revealed that the rights had been sold to The Sean Daniel Company. Except that game publisher Deep Silver is now saying that the rights to the game have not been sold. Read More »

It’s been a big week for the video game Dead Island, a trailer for which was released and immediately became an internet sensation. The game had been all but forgotten prior to that trailer, but now people at least know the name of the game. Not that they know anything about the game, really. There is no gameplay in the trailer, and even sites that were offered an early peek at the playable action were cautious about saying they needed to see and play a lot more.

But this isn’t about the game. It is about the movie that could come into being because the trailer for the game was such a hit. If you watched the trailer and assumed someone might quickly snap up the rights to make a film, you were correct. Info on that deal is after the break. Read More »

Beautiful. Sublime. Stunning. These are not usually words I usually associate with video game trailers (though there are exceptions), but they could all be used to describe the newest trailer for Dead Island. Techland is the developer behind the game, but it’s had a pretty rough history; it was originally supposed to be released way back in 2008 on PC and on Xbox 360. Nonetheless, you can bet people will get interested again right quick after watching this new trailer.

Kotaku has called it “the most heartbreaking zombie video game trailer you’ll ever see,” and AICN argues that it “could be better than any feature film trailer you see this year.” What do you guys think? Hit the jump to check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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