The lights are on
Legendary Pictures is creating a movie based on Capcom's Dead Rising franchise which will release first on Sony's video-on-demand service Crackle.
Variety reports that the film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who had a hand in creating the blockbuster Transformers film franchise) in partnership with Contradiction Films, which did the Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series.
The Dead Rising film will later be released on physical formats and other video-on-demand services but will premier on Crackle.
"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," said Legendary Digital chief Tom Lesinski. "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."
[Source: Variety via Polygon]
Our Take:I'm not exactly dying for a Dead Rising movie, but the zombie craze doesn't appear to be going away and the property does have a certain gonzo humor that I hope the filmmakers preserve. It will be interesting to see how large an audience it reaches; I don't know anyone who uses Crackle on a regular basis.