Dead Rising movie recruits Leprechaun: Origins director

Back in June 2014, it was reported that the blockbuster game series Dead Rising would be adapted for a feature-length, live-action film that would debut on Crackle before receiving an on-demand video release. Things seem to be moving along quickly for the project, as it now has a director attached.

Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky will get behind the camera for the Dead Rising movie, The Wrap reports. The film will be the first project to come out of Legendary Digital Media, the recently created digital content studio for Legendary Pictures.

While details on the film’s plot are scarce, the Capcom series that inspired it followed various characters as they attempted to survive — and investigate the truth behind — a zombie outbreak with mysterious connections to the government. The original 2006 game spawned two sequels, one spin-off, and several DLC adventures that served to expand the story beyond the various main characters.

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Lipovsky first garnered attention as a contestant on the reality series On the Lot, which featured 16 filmmakers competing for a development deal with DreamWorks. He made his directorial debut with Leprechaun: Origins, which will receive a limited theatrical release this weekend ahead of its on-demand release August 26.

While there’s no release date set for Dead Rising at this point, the 90-minute film will debut exclusively on Crackle before hitting the on-demand market.

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