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Companies eye ‘Dead Island’ project

Sean Daniel, Union Entertainment pursue film rights to vidgame

Update: The Sean Daniel Company and Union Entertainment have partnered to pursue feature film rights to the video game “Dead Island” from German publisher Deep Silver and Polish developer Techland.

An earlier report by Variety stated that the companies had successfully acquired movie rights to the buzzed-about game, but a deal was never consummated and they are still available.

According to IP-holder Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver, a number of entertainment entities are currently circling the project.

If Daniel (“The Mummy”) winds up acquiring the rights, he will produce the pic along with Sean Daniel Co.’s Jason Brown and Union’s Richard Liebowitz and Dmitri Johnson.

“Dead Island” follows an ax-wielding father who must protect his family from an invasion of zombies while on a tropical vacation. A trailer was released last week and has already become a viral sensation, garnering more than 1.5 million views online.

Union has been tracking the game’s development for the past two years, so the explosion of interest from the gaming community has validated the company’s instincts.

“Dead Island” is scheduled for release later this year, just in time for the holiday season.

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