After years of rumors and speculation, Capcom’s popular zombie video game franchise Dead Rising is finally being turned into a feature film. It won’t, however, be debuting on the big screen, but rather on the Sony-owned digital streaming service Crackle. A few months ago it was announced that Legendary’s new Digital Media division would be teaming up with executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to adapt the video game and that Tim Carter (Sleeping Dogs) was in the process of writing the script. Now the project appears to have landed a director, although it isn’t necessarily a very recognizable one… not yet, anyway.
According to The Wrap, Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky has closed a deal to direct Dead Rising for Legendary Entertainment. In addition to the upcoming WWE film, he also directed the SyFy original movie Tasmanian Devils and was a producer on the indie horror movie Afflicted. Lipovsky was also a competitor on Steven Spielberg’s 2007 Fox reality TV series On The Lot.
The official plot synopsis for the Dead Rising movie is as follows:
“Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, a freelance photojournalist after the scoop of a lifetime. In a small suburban town that’s overrun by zombies, he escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be safe. Now it’s a standoff, with zombies unable to get Frank, but him unable to get out & escape. Fortunately, he’s got an entire mall at his disposal. Utilize everything you can find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic.”
Are you dying to see a Dead Rising movie and do you think Zach Lipovsky can make it stand out from the zombie horde?