Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to Capcom's popular zombie video game franchise Dead Rising, and they are going to adapt it into a full-length digital feature film. This will be the first project to be developed by Legendary Digital Media, and it will stream on Sony's Crackle.
The film even got itself a huge producer with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has been working on Michael Bay's Transformers franchise over the last few years. The studio has also hired Tim Carter to write and produce with Tomas Harlan through their Contradiction Films banner. They are still on the hunt for a director.
Contradiction Films most recently produced the Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series, which turned out to be really good.
The story takes place during a massive zombie outbreak. "When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy."
Dead Rising is a great zombie game, and it has all of the elements to make for an awesome movie that fans of the franchise should enjoy… if done right. Legendary Digital chief, Tom Lesinski, had this to say in a statement:
“Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand. Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience.”
The movie will be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD, and TV after its run on Crackle. We'll make sure to keep you updated on any more developments.