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Dead Island film is back on track

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on 4 August 2014

According to a report on Deadline, publisher Deep Silver has agreed a new deal with Occupant Entertainment to produce a movie adaptation of Dead Island.

The project was previously mooted back in 2011 - the same year the original zombie-mashing video game hit stores - with Lionsgate at the helm, although it quickly fell through and rights were handed back to Deep Silver.

The film will enter production in early 2015, and while a director has yet to be secured, producers are looking for an individual to apply an innovative take on the movie adaptation of the popular series.

Occupant’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino commented: "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.

"We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience."

"The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience," said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media. "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."

The next chapter in the Dead Island franchise, Dead Island 2, is scheduled to ship in spring 2015 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.