News: Dead Rising game franchise turns to television


Sony Pictures via their CRACKLE streaming video service will be partnering with game development legends CAPCOM (Mega Man, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil) to bring the hit zombie bashing adventure game series to the streaming screen.

No word on how faithfully they intend to hue to the tone of the series which is one of the more absurd zombie fests.  It’s also unclear which of the characters from the game will be adapted as the games have changed up leading men and women over the years.  Read the vague official synopsis for yourself:

“DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER” takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.

The film will be helmed by relative unknown, Zach Lipovsky, who previously directed the reboot/remake LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS.  As I’ve not yet seen that one, I can’t comment on the quality of the choice, but his work history suggests he has some considerable experience with the horror genre.

The videogame series was known for being the first to have a truly terrifying number of zombies on the screen at once.  Think World War Z level hordes (on a game budget).  It was also known for its absurd characters and crazy scenarios (see game trailer below for a taste).  How much of this is retained by the film remains to be seen.


DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER hits stream screens on March 27th.

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