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By John Gaudiosi
Hollywood director Zach Lipovsky got his first big break on Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett’s reality TV show, “On the Set.” More recently, he helmed WWE Films’ “Leprechaun: Origins.” Now he hopes he’s laid the groundwork for a new linear franchise based on Capcom’s “Dead Rising” zombie games.
“Dead Rising: Watchtower” will debut on Sony’s Crackle on March 27. The feature film is the first production from Legendary Pictures’ Legendary Digital Media division. Lipovsky explains why digital is the perfect platform for turning video games into linear entertainment in this exclusive interview.
Do you see room for a sequel to “Dead Rising: Watchtower”?
Legendary is known for doing big feature films, but this is the first project through their digital and television division. The idea for this would be to see if there’s an audience for it. If everyone really likes it then it could become a longer form television property, rather than just feature films. It’d be cool even if it’s something like a 10-part “True Detective”-style show, but with combo weapons and killing zombies. Then there’s the longer-form narratives that are really taking off online and binge-watching could work really well with “Dead Rising” because each season could be a different city or a different outbreak. They could really explore all these different chunks of the story in the same way that the games do, which would be very cool.
Were you thinking about this bigger landscape when collaborating on this original story?
Definitely, because we’re already coming into the franchise world, so the structure of having something that is a story that’s part of a much bigger world is already there because that’s what they’ve been doing with the games. All the way through developing the story that was in our minds. We didn’t let that get ahead of ourselves. We still just think about making this as best as we can, but the ambition of everyone involved was that there’s much more of the story to tell.
This article has been updated from its original version.
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