Zombies are still cool, and video game-adapted movies are still all the rage. So, it was only a matter of time before the immensely popular zombie video game series Dead Rising was mined for cinematic gold, and it'll be the first film to emerge from Legendary's digital media branch.
While Legendary Pictures keeps on truckin' with upcoming titles like 'Seventh Son' and Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak,' Legendary Digital Media is crafting the 'Dead Rising' movie, which will debut on Crackle. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the guy who produced the 'Transformers' franchise, is executive producing 'Dead Rising,' and Tim Carter is both writing the script and producing. No director has been announced.
Dead Rising is very cinematic in nature (just check out the trailer above) and very much like 'The Walking Dead,' which is probably why AMC heavily marketed the latest entry, Dead Rising 3, throughout the past season of its zombie drama -- after a massive zombie outbreak occurs, the government-provided vaccine fails to spread the infection and the four leads must now search for the cause while evading the undead.
Said Tom Lesinski, who was appointed chief of Legendary Digital last year:
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.