Occupant Entertainment and Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media, announced today they are partnering to package, produce and finance a screen adaption of the popular hit video game franchise “Dead Island®”. Occupant plans to attach a filmmaker and fast track the project for a production start in Q1 of 2015.
Set on a tropical island resort, Dead Island revolves around a Zombie outbreak and has become one of the most-successful new video game IP’s in the last few years, selling over 8 million copies worldwide across all platforms.
“Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse”, says Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino.
“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience. We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand”, says Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO Koch Media.
Maintaining the franchise position as a worldwide phenomenon thanks to its iconic trailers, the latest installment of the Dead Island 2 trailer has made a strong start with over ten million views on YouTube since its reveal in June. The Dead Island 2 trailer managed to become an instant classic as did its famous predecessor back in 2011. Watch the Dead Island 2 trailer here.
ABOUT OCCUPANT ENTERTAINMENT
Occupant Entertainment is an independent film and television production and financing company based in Los Angeles, which was founded in 2006. The company is currently in production on Corin Hardy directed horror thriller “The Woods” with Altitude and E1 Entertainment, and in post-production on Sophie Barthes-directed “Madame Bovary”, starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. On the TV side, Occupant is currently in production on Season 2 of its Emmy-nominated original series “Behind the Mask” for Hulu.
ABOUT DEEP SILVER
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.
Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series and action packed role-playing from the Sacred world. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Homefront: The Revolution. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com
Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company’s own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 20 years of experience in the digital media business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the United States. www.kochmedia.com.