Zombies man, there is no escaping their popularity, whether it be video games or movies… or both, so it would only make sense for someone to make a film adaptation of Capcom’s smash zombie hit, Dead Rising. Crackle recently purchased domestic film rights from Legendary Entertainment with Tim Carter (writer of the Square Enix game Sleeping Dogs) writing the film and Tomas Harlan producing under the company Contradiction Films, who is best known for the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries, which premiered on Machinima. Executive Producer of Transformers and GI Joe, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, will be executive producing.
The plot is said to focus on, “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. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.”
Personally, I believe Contradiction Films is the right company to handle a video game property. After the atrocious and silly Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, as well as the doomed CG animated and live action shows, they have showed that they can take a dark and gritty video game series notorious for its violence and give it the proper respect it deserves.
Dead Rising‘s US debut will take place on Crackle’s website, with later releases on video and digital formats. Things seem to be moving fast, although at this time, no director or cast have signed on and no release date has been announced.
Until then, I would seriously recommend checking out Mortal Kombat: Legacy on Machinima’s YouTube channel.