Back in February (opens in new tab) we were hugely excited at the prospect of a movie based on the videogame Dead Island , even though that game hadn't been released yet.
Why the buzz? Blame a beautifully disturbing trailer (see below) that plays out a zombie attack on a family while a haunting melancholic score chimes over the non-linear, slow-mo footage.
As we reported at the time Sean Daniel ( The Wolfman , The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor ) is producing, having cleverly snapped up the film rights back in 2009.
The best news to come out of the latest announcement is that the trailer “will serve as its primary creative inspiration”.
However, before we get too giddy at the thought of seeing this on the big screen, Lionsgate says the project is still “currently in the early development stage”.
“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,” said Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake.
Having announced losses this year after high-profile failures such as Conan , Warrior and Abduction , Drake will no-doubt be hoping Dead Island turns into an undead zombie cash cow.