Dead Rising movie gets the green light

Dead Rising will be the latest video game to get the movie treatment, skipping movie theaters and going straight to Crackle.


Another video game is about to receive the feature film treatment. This time around, it's Capcom's Dead Rising franchise, which is set to come from Contradiction Films and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Don't look for this one to hit theaters, though. Reports have this movie coming straight to Sony's Crackle service.

According to Variety, Tim Carter is set to write and produce the film. A director and any lead actors/actresses have not been revealed. There are also no details on the main plot and whether the movie will follow the exploits of reporter Frank West, Fortune City survivor Chuck Greene, or more-recent frontman Nick Ramos. Regardless of which character takes center stage, though, expect zombies and lots of them.

Crackle is a free streaming movie service from Sony, which maintains its pricing model through commercial ads. It's available across a number of media devices, including iOS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. After an initial run, the Dead Rising movie will release on-demand and on Blu-Ray/DVD.

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    June 21, 2014 11:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Dead Rising movie gets the green light.

    Dead Rising will be the latest video game to get the movie treatment, skipping movie theaters and going straight to Crackle.

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      June 21, 2014 11:05 AM

      "...skipping movie theaters and going straight to Crackle."


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        June 21, 2014 12:36 PM

        dont lol too hard. get used to it, this will be increasingly common, even for mainstream releases. the time from end of theater run to digital/disc can already be measured in single-digit weeks in many cases, with some movies having simultaneous digital and theater releases.

        theaters exist for two primary reasons: centralized and cost-effective distribution (broad direct-to-home used to be either impossible or material and labor intensive in terms of production of physical media, warehousing, transportation of same media to retail, necessity of securing shelf space etc), and presentation quality (large screen, sound system, etc). with the falling cost of large-format high-definition displays and the number of them in american homes, coupled with increasingly high penetration of high-speed internet in large urban centers (where most of the theater business is done), neither of these two reasons apply any more to any great degree.

        dont take my word for it though.

        spielberg sees the writing on the wall, and the smarter filmmakers along with him. in 10 years, movie theaters will be about the same as cd stores are now: quaint, almost non-existent curiosities from another era that the youth of the time have almost no memory of and no desire to patronize.

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          June 21, 2014 12:55 PM

          I don't know. I don't particularly enjoy the movie theater as well, but I think IMAX theaters are here to stay. I want to see the summer blockbusters on a giant screen and ear bleeding sound systems.

          That said, VR sets may kill IMAX too.

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            June 21, 2014 12:59 PM

            its true, the 'movie theater' will probably persist for a while in the form of specialty theaters... but like spielberg said, it will be more like a broadway show. tickets in the $50+ range, extended runs of specialty content, and 15-20 theater releases a year. in time, technology will squash those specialized formats like imax as well, but it wont happen as quickly as the death of your average general-purpose cineplex. you can expect those to be GONE, utterly, from the face of urban america, within a decade. probably less but almost certainly not more.

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          June 22, 2014 8:24 AM

          There are some event films that are worth while to see in a proper Theater. Some movies just aren't the same when viewed in a home environment, but that isn't true for a good majority of the movies released. I would be more than happy to have more direct to streaming, PPV, direct to dvd stuff.

          I think its fine that Dead Rising is going to be a crackle movie. At the end of the day Dead Rising is a zombie game and a movie based around that can be done on the cheap with low expectations. The Walking Dead basically pulls this off on a weekly basis. It also costs a ton of movie to market a film meant for the theater that they may not want to spend. At best this will be like the Halo movie Forward unto Dawn.

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      June 21, 2014 11:49 AM

      Never understood why you'd make a movie based on a zombie game that is itself derived from other zombie movies.

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      June 21, 2014 11:56 AM

      Will it have a disclaimer right up front like the first game did?

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      June 21, 2014 2:14 PM

      Oh god i hope it's not as bad as that capcom japanese web series they put out a few years back where the actors were trying to speak english but couldn't

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