A photojournalist looking for a quarantined scoop, a former motocross champion looking to save his daughter, and a young mechanic just looking to get out alive. In addition to showcasing swarming hordes of zombies, the Dead Rising video game series has always featured interesting human characters with suspenseful storylines, and now a new adventure in the Dead Rising universe will be explored in a full-length digital feature.
Written and produced by Tim Carter with Tomas Harlan (Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series) via their Contradiction Films banner and executive produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers franchise), the Dead Rising movie will first stream on Sony’s Crackle before being released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV. Legendary Digital Media will distribute the Dead Rising movie, which does not have a director at this time:
“Dead Rising” 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.
Here's what Legendary Digital chief Tom Lesinski had to say about expanding the Dead Rising world with a feature film [via Variety]:
"Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand. Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience."
With Lesinski mentioning "series", he could be implying that more Dead Rising films will follow the first one, though that will likely depend on the success of the first film. We'll keep Daily Dead readers posted on release and casting details of the Dead Rising film as they develop.