Episodic zombie film to promote video game
Friday 16 July 2010
Zombrex Dead Rising Sun, a full-length feature film based on the video game
Dead Rising, is to be released as an eight-episode series from August 4 onwards.
Dead Rising, itself bearing similarities to George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, was an Xbox 360 game released in 2006, featuring a photographer called Frank trapped in a zombie-infested shopping center.
Now, Capcom's Keiji Inafune has come up with a live action movie to prepare viewers for the comedy-horror of Dead Rising 2. Inafune himself is best-known for his involvement in the Mega Man series, but also had a hand in the Resident Evil and Lost Planet titles.
Just as the action thriller Alan Wake was the subject of a short live action series called "Bright Falls," Dead Rising 2 (PC, PS3 and 360) and the interquel Dead Rising: Case Zero (360) are to benefit from similar treatment with Zombrex.
Also in common with "Bright Falls" is Zombrex's release schedule - episodes are to be released first on Xbox Live and typically a week later on DeadRisingSun.com, the film's website.
Xbox Live schedule
August 4: Episodes 1-3
August 11: Episodes 4 & 5
August 18: Episodes 6 & 7
August 25: Episode 8
August 11: Episodes 1-3
August 18: Episodes 4 & 5
August 25: Episode 6 & 7
September 1: Episode 8
If the trailer is anything to go by, Zombrex's antics have a little more in common with Wilson Yip's Bio Zombie and Sakichi Sato's Tokyo Zombie films than Romero's Living Dead series.
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