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‘Dead Rising’ Zombie Film Sequel Under Way at Sony’s Crackle, Legendary

Sony’s Crackle online network is coming back for more undead action.

Crackle and Legendary Digital Media have begun production in Vancouver on “Dead Rising: Endgame,” the sequel to last year’s original feature film on the streaming-video service, “Dead Rising: Watchtower.” The second installment in the film series, announced at Crackle’s upfront last year, is scheduled to debut on this summer.

“Dead Rising: Endgame” is set in the zombie-infested quarantined zone of East Mission City. Investigative reporter Chase Carter (played by Jesse Metcalfe) must stop a secret government conspiracy which, though seemingly aimed at ending the country’s zombie epidemic, will also kill millions of innocent civilians.

The “Dead Rising” films are based on Capcom’s popular video-game franchise, which has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide.

“With last year’s success of ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower,’ there was no question that Crackle viewers had an insatiable appetite for this popular and entertaining franchise,” said Eric Berger, g.m. of Crackle and exec VP, Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks. “We can’t wait to deliver another great feature for this ‘rabid’ and loyal audience.”

Crackle doesn’t release data about viewing on the free, ad-supported service. Subscription VOD players Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video also don’t divulge such metrics publicly.

Returning cast includes Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), alongside Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon a Time,” “Bates Motel”) as camera operator and producer Jordan Blair and Dennis Haysbert (“24,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”) reprising his role as the corrupt General Lyons. Patrick Sabongui (“The Art of More”) returns in a new role as a skilled zombie killer and video-game aficionado.

Billy Zane (“Zoolander 2,” “Titanic”) joins the cast of “Dead Rising: Endgame” as Rand, a handsome, cruel scientist who’s supposedly hired by the government to find a cure for the raging zombie infection but is actually conducting experiments on the infected. Other new cast members include Marie Avgeropoulos (“The 100″), Ian Tracey (“Bates Motel,” “Man of Steel”), Jessica Harmon (“iZombie,” “If I Had Wings”), Victor Webster (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Continuum”) and Camille Sullivan (“The Man in the High Castle”).

Crackle’s original feature films have included David Spade’s “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser,” billed as the first digital sequel to a theatrical movie release; cyberspy thriller “The Throwaways,” with James Caan, Kevin Dillion and Sam Huntington; and “Extraction,” starring Danny Glover and Sean Astin. The service’s most popular series is “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld.

“Dead Rising: Endgame” is directed by Pat Williams (“Continuum”) and written by Michael Ferris (“Terminator Salvation”) and Tim Carter (who penned “Dead Rising: Watchtower” and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”). The film is produced by Carter with Tomas Harlan as executive producer under their Contradiction Films banner.

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