Lionsgate Options Videogame about Movies about Zombies. Step 3: Profit.

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09.27.11 20 Comments

One of the only concepts more narrow and derivative than the zombie movie is the videogame-adaptation movie, but now, thanks to the zombie videogame Dead Island, Lionsgate is combining the two into what promises to be a new low-water mark for f*cked out sh*tpiles. It may be too early to tell, but this could redefine “meh” as we know it.

Daniel Brown who produced The Mummy series, will produce with Stefan Sonnenfeld, a top post-production guy. “Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake. “This is exactly the type of property we’re looking to adapt at Lionsgate: it’s sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential.” [Deadline]

Other things that have built-in brand recognition around the world that could make great movies:

  • Big Mac
  • Dyson vacuums
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Crocs
  • Hanes
  • Nordic Track
  • Swiffer
  • Isotoner Gloves
  • Slap Chop
  • Tater tots
  • Pickles
  • Dead Peninsula
  • Dead Archipelago
  • Dead Car Port
  • Zombie Tire Swing

If Lionsgate would like to purchase any of these well-known properties, I think I could set it up for a small fee. But to be fair, none of those have a zombie rap song.

“I got a zombie army, and you can’t harm me. Who do ya voodoo, bitch? Let’s go.” (But not to dead island).

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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