A few days ago it was announced that the movie rights for an adaptation of the upcoming video game Dead Island had been secured by Mummy producer Sean Daniel and the financier Union Entertainment based upon the amazing trailer alone. Well … not so fast.
According to an interview with Malte Wagener, the Munich-based head of global business development for said publisher — Koch Media and its Deep Silver label — in the Los Angeles Times, the announcement was a bit premature.
“There are a lot of different stories out there, but the bottom line is that neither Union nor Sean Daniel has ever talked to Koch Media,” Wagener tells the Times. “Richard [Leibowitz, of Union] and [game developer] Techland agree there was never any rights. There was some misrepresentation on Techland’s part about what rights they have and what they can organize, but Richard confirmed in an e-mail that these were just talks and he doesn’t have the rights. [Leibowitz declined comment.] To be honest, I’m surprised that someone of Richard’s caliber would even go out there and say this, if he did say it.”
Adding, “We had a couple of big-name directors come to us. One of the top directors in Hollywood sent a studio his link to the trailer and said he was interested in this, and the studio contacted us. There are different opinions of course in how to do this. The first is that you find a producer and then he brings in a creative team. The other is to find a director first and he’ll bring people along. My feeling is we should find a director first.”
Click on the above link for more on the project, and we promise if there’s any movement at all, you’ll read about it here. In the interim … how about watching that trailer again? So good!
Dead Island – Announcement Trailer
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