Dead Rising movie will have the ability to rival the best of [The Walking Dead](series:201193) series. The movie named 'Watchtower' does not have an official release date, but with a cast as strong as the infection itself, it certainly will be one to rival the best.
According to director Zach Lipovsky, Dead Rising (the game series) is more than just a collection of well-worn notions lifted from old zombie movies. In an interview with SlashFilm, he said the game's premise "brings a lot of new energy to the genre:"
"The idea that you can be bitten and remain human as long as you take your medicine every day is very interesting and dramatic. Similar to the social stigma of living with HIV," he said. "Another very cool element from the game is the zombies remember a little bit about their previous lives. There is something really haunting about seeing a zombie cop randomly firing his gun, or a zombie mom pushing a stroller."
Dead Rising, written by Mortal Kombat: Legacy producer Tim Carter, starts shooting in Vancouver this week. It will premiere exclusively on Sony's Crackle service in the U.S. prior to more general distribution via Content Media Corp. Lipovsky has previously directed Syfy TV movie Tasmanian Devils as well as Leprechaun: Origins.
He said that playing Dead Rising 3 is giving him lots of ideas about tonal direction. "Every time I get scared or laugh while playing, I make a note to add it to the script. Tonally it will be like 'Indiana Jones with Zombies.' Fun, scary, dramatic action."
The cast includes Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Desperate Housewives, Dallas) as the lead, along with Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time, Intelligence); Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman, The Number 23); Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit) and Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time, Battlestar Galactica).
Watchtower was first announced this summer as a full-length digital movie. Rather than release in theaters, it'll debut on Sony's Crackle streaming service before heading to DVD and video-on-demand services. Director Zach Lipovsky, who recently described the movie as "Indiana Jones with zombies," has said the movie takes place between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3.
Watchtower does not yet have a release date, but filming is underway.