‘Dead Island’ to bigscreen

Sean Daniel to produce feature for Lionsgate

Lionsgate has snapped up feature rights to vidgame “Dead Island,” setting up the project with veteran producer Sean Daniel.

“Dead Island” centers on a family on vacation at a tropical resort besieged by zombies.

The videogame was published by Deep Silver for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC and has sold more than 2 million units. It was released in the U.S. on Sept. 6 and was the top-selling game upon its local releases in the U.S. and the U.K.

“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,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake. “It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential.”

Daniel will produce via his Sean Daniel Co., joined by Stefan Sonnenfeld, who’s worked to create a “unique visual brand” with directors including J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski.

Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Co. and Missy Papageorge for Sonnenfeld’s Sunny Field Prods. are exec producing, with Sarah Perlman of Sunny Field Prods. as co-producer.

Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate’s president of motion picture production and development, is overseeing the project at the studio with Jim Miller, senior VP of production and development. Rob McEntegart, senior exec VP of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, negotiated the deal with Deep Silver’s U.S. attorney Ed Labowitz.

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