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Lionsgate bringing a Dead Island movie to life

Sep. 27, 2011by: Paul Tassi

In the ongoing lottery of which video game is being picked up for a movie treatment, the next number to come up is now Dead Island, the zombie survival game that Lionsgate thinks would make for a good feature film.

In the press release announcing the partnership, there's an entire paragraph dedicated solely to the game's teaser trailer, which was admittedly one of the better trailers of the year, if not THE best, movie, game or otherwise. But is that reason enough to make a movie out of it? The release even says the trailer will serve as the primary creative inspiration for the movie.

Why is that? Well, the game itself has been met with mixed reception from critics and gamers. As well-made and heart-wrenching as the trailer was, that sort of emotion is said to be absent from the actual game itself.

If Lionsgate wants to make a tropical zombie movie with heart, I'm all for it, but there's the curse of the video game movie to overcome, where even great games don't necessarily translate into worthwhile features. So how will a mediocre one fare?

Watch that trailer one more time:

Extra Tidbit: Alright, so the first trailer should clearly be them recreating the exact CGI spot frame for frame with real life actors.
Source: Lionsgate

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12:10PM on 09/28/2011
make left 4 dead into a movie instead
make left 4 dead into a movie instead
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4:09AM on 09/28/2011

anyone wonder?

How come in zombie games you get bit but dont turn into a zombie?
How come in zombie games you get bit but dont turn into a zombie?
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12:42AM on 09/28/2011

It was only a matter of time...

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11:30PM on 09/27/2011
Will Michael Giacchino do the music for the movie. They're already ripping off his sound for "Lost" in this trailer.
Will Michael Giacchino do the music for the movie. They're already ripping off his sound for "Lost" in this trailer.
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9:44PM on 09/27/2011
Not much movie material here.
Not much movie material here.
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9:39PM on 09/27/2011
The problem with Lionsgate is they'll try to get all 'pseudo violent-artsy' on us and f**k things up by adding cheap actors, too much slow-mo, and try too damn hard to tell a deep story about an island with zombies. It doesn't have to be that kind of movie. All it needs is a fun cast, lots of action and suspense, and freaky-looking zombies. Work along the lines of 'fun' and we'll have a great movie. Try too hard to create an independent vibe with too much grunge music and Jason Statham and
The problem with Lionsgate is they'll try to get all 'pseudo violent-artsy' on us and f**k things up by adding cheap actors, too much slow-mo, and try too damn hard to tell a deep story about an island with zombies. It doesn't have to be that kind of movie. All it needs is a fun cast, lots of action and suspense, and freaky-looking zombies. Work along the lines of 'fun' and we'll have a great movie. Try too hard to create an independent vibe with too much grunge music and Jason Statham and it'll bomb for sure.
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2:55PM on 09/27/2011

Uwe Boll already did it.

A movie based on a video game about being trapped on an island with zombies? Why not call it House of the Dead 2?
A movie based on a video game about being trapped on an island with zombies? Why not call it House of the Dead 2?
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6:30PM on 09/27/2011
because there already is a House of the Dead 2
because there already is a House of the Dead 2
8:25AM on 09/28/2011
Though House of the Dead 2 was significantly better than Uwe Boll's movie which was, essenitally, unwatchable.
Though House of the Dead 2 was significantly better than Uwe Boll's movie which was, essenitally, unwatchable.
2:45PM on 09/27/2011
I haven't played the game but this looks like it could break the trend of shitty video-game movies, right? I mean, it's essentially taking a very basic concept of a zombie outbreak but putting it on an island. If you get a good script filled with characters we give a shit about and some solid visuals and action than this can be enjoyable, no?

Oh.. but it'll be PG-13. Nevermind.
I haven't played the game but this looks like it could break the trend of shitty video-game movies, right? I mean, it's essentially taking a very basic concept of a zombie outbreak but putting it on an island. If you get a good script filled with characters we give a shit about and some solid visuals and action than this can be enjoyable, no?

Oh.. but it'll be PG-13. Nevermind.
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1:33PM on 09/27/2011

awesome trailer..

shitty game..
shitty game..
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1:26PM on 09/27/2011
Stupid! You mean to tell me that there are no more original scripts, so Lionsgate has to choose a game to make? Lame. I hope all the producers involved burn for this one.
Stupid! You mean to tell me that there are no more original scripts, so Lionsgate has to choose a game to make? Lame. I hope all the producers involved burn for this one.
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12:40PM on 09/27/2011
Ive been playing this game non-stop the last couple of days....I love it. The story of the game is kinda boring but I love the gameplay of it and areas are soo vast. I highly doubt tho that they could make a good flick out of this.
Ive been playing this game non-stop the last couple of days....I love it. The story of the game is kinda boring but I love the gameplay of it and areas are soo vast. I highly doubt tho that they could make a good flick out of this.
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12:24PM on 09/27/2011
The game was well designed but got boring very quickly.
The game was well designed but got boring very quickly.
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12:08PM on 09/27/2011
I doubt Lionsgate can handle the movie with the same sensibility as the trailer....
I doubt Lionsgate can handle the movie with the same sensibility as the trailer....
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12:02PM on 09/27/2011

Well, if it's good...

I have no problems, but I suppose it won't be.

Plus I think the father character looks like Josh Cooke. So... there's that.
I have no problems, but I suppose it won't be.

Plus I think the father character looks like Josh Cooke. So... there's that.
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