Scientists have recently proven that the world needs to cut down on two things: Zombie films and movies based on video games. Yet Hollywood doesn’t believe in science! Hence the announcement of Lions Gate’s plans to make a movie based on the video game, Dead Island.
I recently completed this game, and I loved it. It’s definitely worth checking out, but there was one big detail about the game that I hated: The Story. Seriously, the plot of Dead Island is utter crap. The characters are less than one note, and the conclusion at the prison is laughably formulaic. That’s all forgivable in a video game, if the game is fun to play, but in a MOVIE?! Ugh.
The good news, if there is any here, is that the rights to make a film adaptation for this game were sought out right after the initial trailer for the game was released, and not the game itself. The reason this is good news is because the trailer (which never actually takes place in the game itself) was tremendous. Perhaps the folks at Lionsgate assumed that video game trailers were created to somehow tie into the plot of a game, but that simply isn’t the case here. This dramatic, violent, and affecting trailer could certainly inspire a well made zombie flick, but the story of the game itself isn’t going to be much help.
If you haven’t seen the original trailer for Dead Island, check it out here.
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Producer, Sean Daniel (known for his work of The Mummy franchise) was adamant about acquiring the rights to Dead Island once the trailer was first released. For it’s part, Lionsgate is excited about making the movie. Joe Drake from Lionsgate had this to say, “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.”
I wish them all the best, but as I pointed out at the beginning of this article, science has told us to beware all zombie films as well as those based on video games. And I believe in science.