Dead Island Isn’t Getting a Movie, But is Shopping the Idea Around

I opted out of reporting on the rumors that Dead Island was getting converted into a film following the creepy and tragic trailer that circulated on the Internet last week, mostly because nobody could get the story straight. First we heard someone bought the rights. Then it turned out the rights had been bought three years ago. Then — who knows what. And apparently all that stuff was wrong. Nice going, Variety.

I’m not at GDC anymore, unfortunately, so I’ll respectfully defer to reporting from Kotaku on this: Dead Island does not have a movie deal. That’s straight from the developers at the conference. It isn’t happening.

But it could, because the idea is being shopped around to Hollywood types, according to developer Techland’s international brand manager, Blazej Krakowiak.

Of course, it’s important to remember that “in talks” and “shopping an idea around” mean absolutely nothing in terms of getting a movie made. This is conjecture at best right now. I must disagree with Kotaku’s headline that a movie deal is “in the works.” This is more like going up to a guy and saying, “Hey, want to make a movie about this?” And then him going, “Tell me what it’s about and I’ll consider it.”

The trailer did garner some attention from movie-making types, but nothing is even remotely nailed down yet. And Tombstone producer Sean Daniel definitely does not own any sort of rights over Dead Island.

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