The video game franchise, “Dead Island” is transitioning to the big screen. Occupant Entertainment and Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media, announced the news last week.
“Dead Island” is the zombie outbreak video game that is set on a tropical island resort. The morning after a high-profile party, a group of survivors find that the island has been taken over by zombies. The game has since sold over 8 million copies across several gaming platforms.
Reportedly the film adaptation will take place “somewhere in between” the first and second game. But it is possible this may change.
Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino said,
“Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse.”
Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO Koch Media, added,
“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience. We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand.”
Occupant also plans to produce and finance the project as they push to have it enter production as soon as possible in 2015.