Legendary Entertainment Adapting 'Dead Rising' Video Game for Crackle

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The "Dead Rising" video game franchise has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.

Dead Rising, the zombie survival video game, is getting the movie treatment — online, that is.

Legendary Entertainment has sold domestic film rights for the Capcom property to Sony's Crackle, which will premiere the 90-minute feature on its digital platform. This marks the first release from Legendary's digital division.

After Crackle's exclusive distribution run, the series will have a multi-platform release. Content Media Corp. will distribute both film-length and episodic formats on international platforms.  

Tim Carter will pen the feature and will produce with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner, which also produced the Machinima digital series Mortal Kombat: LegacyLorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Red, G.I. Joe) will also executive produce.

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"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 Tom Lesinski, president of content and distribution at Legendary Digital Media. "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."

Dead Rising is set during a large-scale zombie outbreak. The leads attempt to evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, which spread after a mandatory government vaccine failed to stop the outbreak. The original video game, developed exclusively for the Xbox 360 in 2006, has spawned a franchise that has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.