Back in June we learned that Legendary Entertainment was working to bring us a 'full length digital feature' based on the hit videogame DEAD RISING, with plans to have Sony's Crackle give the 90-minute feature an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD and TV. Now we've learned who will be sitting in the director's chair for this one as The Wrap is reporting that LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS helmer Zach Lipovsky has closed a deal to direct the zombie survival movie.
Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic -- with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage will all play a key role in the movie's story.
The script will be written by Tim Carter, who will also produce the film alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE) will executive produce.
With a plethora of zombie-themed films and television oversaturating the market right now it's hard to tell if DEAD RISING will make much of an impact, but considering the built-in fanbase from the videogames is so large it may just have a chance to stand out.
More on DEAD RISING as we hear it.