It’s hard to believe that Dead Rising made its debut on the Xbox 360 eight long years ago. It was the first game I ever played on the console, and now, six games later and we’re finally getting a feature-length movie adaptation. Now before you get too excited, you should know that this won’t see a theatrical release. Instead, it will premiere as a timed exclusive on Crackle, Sony’s VOD platform, before it’s made available on-demand elsewhere and on physical media.
The Dead Rising film will be penned by Tim Carter and produced by Tomas Harlan, the co-owners of Contradiction Films, which also produced the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series for Machinima.
“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,” said Tom Lesinski, president of content and distribution at Legendary Digital Media. “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.”
Crackle apps are available for free on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as mobile devices, smart TVs and media players, including Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.
This really isn’t all that surprising, seeing as the franchise has sold a cool 6.5+ million copies worldwide. Is this something you’re interested in seeing, and if you are, which game in the series — if any — would you like to see adapted? Of the main series, I wouldn’t mind returning to the story teased in Dead Rising 2. I liked the dynamic between Chuck and his sick daughter and I feel there’s plenty there to make a decent film. The other games were a bit shallow, narratively.