‘Dead Rising’ Movie Reveals Cast and First Plot Details
While this year seems to be all about the book-to-movie adaptations, more and more video games are being mined for their cinematic potential. Three months after learning that Legendary's Digital Media and Sony's online video platform/studio Crackle would be making a 'Dead Rising' movie, we now have the full cast and the first plot details.
As first reported by Deadline on Monday, the 'Dead Rising' movie cast will be populated by Jesse Metcalfe of 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Dallas' fame, Meghan Ory of 'Once Upon a Time,' Virginia Madsen of 'Sideways,' and Dennis Haysbert of '24' (...and those Allstate commercials). Production is scheduled to begin today in Vancouver, with 'Leprechaun: Origins' director Zach Lipovsky.
The first Dead Rising game saw a zombie outbreak occur, as the only known vaccine, a mandatory treatment from the government, fails and the survivors seek to find the root of the epidemic. However, in an interview with /Film, Lipovsky said, "The film is set in a new outbreak with new heroes, in a new city. So it’s not a direct adaptation of one of the previous games."
"It takes place between the Fortune City outbreak in Dead Rising 2 and Los Perdidos outbreak from Dead Rising 3," he continued. "So it’s a part of the greater franchise narrative. Of course some familiar faces show up as well." Speaking of what new aspects the movie will bring to zombie genre and what aspects of the video game it will honor, he revealed:
I think the franchise actually brings a lot of new energy to the genre that we haven’t seen in a zombie movie. The idea that you can be bitten and remain human as long as you take your medicine every day is very interesting and dramatic. Similar to the social stigma of living with HIV.
Another very cool element from the game is the zombies remember a little bit about their previous lives. There is something really haunting about seeing a zombie cop randomly firing his gun, or a zombie mom pushing a stroller.
Finally what I love in Dead Rising is the city is locked down, but the rest of the world is fine. Families are watching the zombie apocalypse on TV while eating dinner like it’s the Super Bowl. We’re taking a lot of inspiration from real world events like Hurricane Katrina, the Ebola outbreak, and even the Ferguson Riots.
'Dead Rising' is set to first hit Crackle as a 90-minute feature before premiering on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV.