Deep Silver has partnered with feature film production company Occupant Entertainment in an effort to get the previously stalled Dead Island movie adaption back on track.
Deadline reports on Deep Silver's new agreement with Occupant, with confirmation direct from the movie studio regarding the validity of the deal.
"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," an Occupant representative told the entertainment news site.
"We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience."
The film rights were originally purchased by Lionsgate in 2011, but returned to Deep Silver following the lack of momentum surrounding the project. Deep Silver and Occupant have now fast-tracked the film's development, aiming to start production by early 2015.