Leprechaun: Origins director to helm Dead Rising movie


Dead Rising, the Capcom survival zombie game, is getting turned into a digital feature film, and it will be directed by Zach Lipovsky, the man responsible for Leprechaun: Origins. (Is that a good thing?) The director recently revealed details on the film in an interview with /Film.

The cast will include Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Desperate Housewives, Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman), Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit), and Keagan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time, Battlestar Galactica).

Lipovsky discusses how the Dead Rising movie will stand out from other zombie movies and TV shows:

“I think the franchise actually brings a lot of new energy to the genre that we haven’t seen in a zombie movie. The idea that you can be bitten and remain human as long as you take your medicine everyday, is very interesting and dramatic. Similar to the social stigma of living with HIV.”

That’s not the only thing that’s going to be unique.

“Another very cool element from the game is the zombies remember a little bit about their previous lives. There is something really haunting about seeing a zombie cop randomly firing his gun, or a zombie mom pushing a stroller.”

Since the Dead Rising games feature a locked-down city, it parallels our world with how we consume the media.

“Finally what I love in Dead Rising is the city is locked down, but the rest of the world is fine. Families are watching the zombie apocalypse on TV while eating dinner like it’s the Super Bowl. We’re taking a lot of inspiration from real world events like Hurricane Katrina, the Ebola outbreak even the Ferguson Riots.”

What will the tone of the movie be? The director said it will be like Indiana Jones with zombies with a mix of “Fun, scary, dramatic action.”

The story will feature new characters and a new city.

“The film is set in a new outbreak with new heroes, in a new city. So it’s not a direct adaptation of one of the previous games, but it does fit into the cannon of the storyline. It takes place between the Fortune City outbreak in Dead Rising 2 and Los Perdidos outbreak from Dead Rising 3. So it’s a part of the greater franchise narrative. Of course some familiar faces show up as well.”

Of course, what’s a zombie film without zombies to dispatch?

“One zombie isn’t scary, a horde that you can’t get through without a chainsaw is very scary. We’re pulling every favor we can do have some monster zombie set pieces. The rest will be a matter of focusing on locations and situations where a smaller number in a confined space still has full effect. Some of the most exciting parts of the game are when you’re in a tiny room filled with zombies. Pretty much every person I know has already emailed me saying they want to be a zombie, so I think [we’ll] be fine. We are also planning a long one take action shot with hundreds of zombies which I’m very excited about.”

Dead Rising will premiere exclusively on Crackle in the US. International audiences will be able to catch the episodic and feature format thanks to Content Media Corp. After Crackle, it will hit SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV.

Source: /Film

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