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Be shocked and amazed at the sounds coming from this PVC tube organ. Seriously, you’ll recognize these tunes, like maybe a certain video game theme involving tubes of its own. (College Humor)
When the trailer for Dead Island hit the webz we were gobsmacked but it’s horrifying beauty. The trailer became a sensation with many, many parodies and since the game’s release three weeks ago Dead Island has sold 2 million copies! Meaning instant, marketable fanbase and, of course, a movie adaptation.
Fans will be pleased to know this Dead Island movie will focus on the family first seen torn apart in the trailer, which apparently isn’t at all what the game is about. Lionsgate has aquired the rights and in a press release revealed,
Like the trailer that will serve as its primary creative inspiration, the film DEAD ISLAND will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling.
Here’s what Lionsgates Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake had to say about the project,
Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck. 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.
Sounds cool, right? I find zombie stories are the best when there is a cast of characters we’ve come to care about, think The Walking Dead or Zombieland. For one to focus on a family, I am so there. What do you guys think? Anyone whose played the game have any insight on whether the game delivered on what the trailer promised? Do you think the movie will bring us that engaging, emotional zombie story?
Below is the entire official press release:
LIONSGATE, a leading global entertainment company, today announced that it has optioned film rights from Deep Silver to develop a feature inspired by Dead Island, which became a viral media sensation when its haunting, artful trailer launched in February 2011 (view below). The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake.
Dead Island is a global brand first introduced through a teaser trailer that told the story of a family on vacation at a tropical resort who is besieged by zombies. Told in a stark, non-linear fashion, the wrenching trailer captured worldwide fan attention and unanimous critical praise upon its debut, receiving over one million hits in its first 24 hours online, and nearly 10 million views by two days after its debut. Wired Magazine, College Humor and G4TV all called it the best video game trailer of all time, with G4TV adding “The Dead Island trailer is the best trailer I have ever seen in my life. The best video game trailer. The best movie trailer. The best anything trailer.” The trailer went on to win the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, the advertising industry’s highest honor, and it was featured by Adweek on their annual list of the World’s Best Commercials.
The video game Dead Island was published by Deep Silver for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. It was released in the United States on September 6th, 2011 and was the number one selling game both in the U.S. and the U.K. upon its local releases. The game has sold over two million units to date.
The game centers on vacationers whose island paradise becomes a living hell when a zombie outbreak quickly spreads. Cut off from the rest of the world, the survivors have only the available materials and the island’s natural “weapons” to protect themselves from the viscous and growing legions of the undead. In addition to the award-winning trailer and video game, the Dead Island intellectual property will be simultaneously developed by Deep Silver into forthcoming graphic novels, novels and other extensions.
Like the trailer that will serve as its primary creative inspiration, the film DEAD ISLAND will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling. Said Drake of the property’s acquisition, “Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck.” He continued, “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.”
The film DEAD ISLAND is currently in the early development stage with producers attached. Sean Daniel (THE MUMMY, TOMBSTONE, DAZED AND CONFUSED) will spearhead production through his Sean Daniel Company. A veteran producer with global franchises under his belt, Daniel is to be joined in producing by Stefan Sonnenfeld, who has been a pioneer in the post production field, using the process as a platform to create a unique visual brand with directors including J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski. Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company and Missy Papageorge for Sonnenfeld’s Sunny Field Productions are executive producing, with Sarah Perlman of Sunny Field Productions serving as co-producer.
Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Production and Development is overseeing the project at the studio, with Jim Miller, SVP of Production and Development. Rob McEntegart, Senior EVP of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, negotiated the deal with Deep Silver’s U.S. attorney Ed Labowitz.
And, why the hell not, the Dead Island trailer which began it all,
Nothing like waking up on a Monday morning to find some refreshing video game news.
First up, in an interview from The Sun Herald newspaper, Rocksteady developer Dax Ginn revealed that The Penguin would be one of the villains showing up in Batman: Arkham City. Ginn stated that the Penguin will be portrayed more brutal and nasty then his usual aristocratic portrayal.
Next up is news regarding the classic car combat franchise, Carmaggedon. It seems that during the weekend, Carmmageddon.com revealed a countdown and nothing more. Of course, this being the internet, nothing gets to stay as a secret forever. Apparently some independent benefactor has bought the rights to the game from Square-Enix and that Stainless Games, the original developers, are busy with other franchise and won’t be part of the reboot. The countdown is set to hit zero on June 1st, 5 A.M. EST and hopefully more will be revealed then.
Lastly, we finally got some gameplay footage for the upcoming open world zombie killing game, Dead Island. As Games Radarsays, the game seems to be a nice mix of zombies in a Far Cry 2-esque world. The 11 minute, yes 11 minutes, of gameplay shows how tight the melee combat is and hopefully we see more at E3.
Dead Island, the zombie first person shooter/slicer/basher from Techland will be hitting store shelves on December 31st, 2011 has a new trailer out. The last one really set a high bar for both quality, story, tugging heart strings. This new trailer meets the mark in my opinion.
One major point of the zombie genre that was always missing from most video games about zombies was the feeling of loss, the battle between survival and lost loved ones. Who didn’t see that in The Walking Dead when the zombie mother tries to open the door and later the husband can’t find it in himself to shoot her. That kind of stuff can really get you into the story and connect you with the characters.
Take a look at this video, enjoy the music and it’s impact on the story as you look at the family vacation pictures. Then tell NerdBastards what you think in the comments section below.
Is there anyway to make the chilling Dead Island trailer slightly comical? Do you think it’s possible to put a heart-wrenching spin on the zom-rom-com, Shaun of the Dead? Leave it to Youtube and you shall recieve.
Dan Bull took the climatic zombie bar brawl from Shaun of the Dead, mixed in Dead Island‘s haunting piano, plus slowed everything waaaaay down, and voila! You’ve got a backwards tale about a group of friends stuck in a pub during zom-pocalypse, who they lose and who survives. It makes you consider Shaun differently, and turns the already sad scene of Shaun’s mother’s turning and eventual death into something truly tragic. I’m starting to sniffle a little just typing this. Nah, not really, heart of stone, that’s me. At least when it comes to zombies.
What is kind of funny is seeing the annoying David get put back together by a pack of zombies, like a teddy bear whose lost his stuffing. Watch the clever video below and maybe pull out your copy of Shaun of the Dead for a viewing. I know you own it. It’s only one of the best zombie movies of the last ten years.
(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)
Earlier this week a trailer hit the web and became a sensation. Okay, it’s not too surprising, that happens all most everyday on the internet. But this trailer is going to make you stop and think of your loved ones, and it’s not for a documentary or a plea for a social cause, it’s a zombie video game called Dead Island. Now you may be thinking, “Really? Another zombie game? I’ve played enough Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead and I’ve killed enough Nazi zombies in Call of Duty.” To which I say, you can never kill enough Nazi zombies, but I digress.
This trailer is beautiful, haunting, chilling and apparently being developed into a motion picture. That was quick. Obviously we don’t know much yet. In fact, the trailer doesn’t show any gameplay footage and it hasn’t even been confirmed if the characters or scenario portrayed will appear in the game. Dead Island is set on an island resort overrun with undead, brain eaters. You’ll use only what is available at the resort to survive, no stockpile of guns, ammo or chainsaws lying around every corner. Bleeding Cool is reporting on the movie deal,
The film’s producer is to be Sean Daniel, who has made the option for his new company, The Sean Daniel Company. He’s a credited producer on The Wolfman and The Mummy, and now he’s one step closer to the monster movie equivalent of the EGOT by picking up these zombies.
And that’s about all we know. Until more news develops on this story sit back and watch the trailer for Dead Island if you haven’t already. And then, for the hell of it, watch it in reverse, ’cause why not?