Another movie based on a video game franchise, plus one that includes zombies? It’s a proven formula, and the new Dead Rising: Watchtower trailer shows that Crackle’s original film will play up to the genre in all of the right ways.
Written by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), the zombie apocalypse movie stars Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children), and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street).
As for the synopsis:
“DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER” takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative. “The Dead Rising” game franchise has sold over 7.6 MM copies worldwide. Publisher Capcom has sold over 100 MM game copies worldwide, including juggernauts “Resident Evil,” “Street Fighter” and “Mega Man.”
Or as Rob Riggle’s character puts it when asked for his advice for people trapped in the quarantine zone: “Basically, you’re fucked!”
Crackle, part of Sony Pictures Television, has been quietly releasing original content for the last several years, but almost all of it has flown under the radar. It’s most popular series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (created, written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld), just finished its fifth season, but has only ever been met with a tepid critical response. However, acquisitions like Sports Jeopardy! (hosted by Dan Patrick) and other free streaming content like The Shield and more (from a strange, ever-changing sample of Sony’s back catalogue) make it worth checking out.
Dead Rising: Watchtower will premiere on Crackle on March 27th.
Update: you can now watch the film here.