Dead Rising sequel now in production
Crackle, Sony’s free streaming network, and Legendary Digital Media has announced that production has kicked off in Vancouver on DEAD RISING: ENDGAME, the sequel to last year’s successful original feature film, DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER. The sequel DEAD RISING: ENDGAME drops us into the zombie-infested quarantined zone of East Mission City where investigative reporter Chase Carter must stop a secret government conspiracy which, though seemingly aimed at ending the country’s zombie epidemic, will also kill millions of innocent civilians. DEAD RISING: ENDGAME is based on the hugely popular Dead Rising video game franchise by Capcom, which has sold over 9.1 million copies worldwide.
Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”) returns to DEAD RISING: ENDGAME as Chase Carter, the well-known television journalist who goes back underground to stop the military’s rogue operation and break the ultimate story. Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon a Time,” “Bates Motel”) returns as camera operator and producer, Jordan Blair. Attempting to thwart their plans is Dennis Haysbert (“24,” “SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR,” “WRECK-IT RALPH”) reprising his role as General Lyons, a crooked Military Intelligence Officer. Patrick Sabongui (“The Art of More”) returns in a new role, playing a skilled zombie killer and video game aficionado who talks a big and crude game to mask his gentle side.
The film also features new cast including Billy Zane (ZOOLANDER 2, TITANIC) as Rand, a handsome, cruel scientist who was hired by the government to find a cure for the raging zombie infection, but is instead conducting horrendous experiments on the infected. Marie Avgeropoulos (“The 100″) plays Sandra Lowe, a skilled computer hacker and Chase’s on-and-off girlfriend who joins him in his quest to battle the zombie-infested underground and stop General Lyons’ plan. Ian Tracey (“Bates Motel,” MAN OF STEEL) portrays George Hancock, the courageous whistleblower who compels Chase and his team to enter a zombie-infested city on a rescue mission. Jessica Harmon (“iZombie,” IF I HAD WINGS) plays Jill, a news producer who joins Chase and his intrepid crew to infiltrate a secret laboratory and stop the carnage. Victor Webster (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Continuum”) is Chuck Greene, the reluctant hero and protagonist of the Dead Rising 2 video game. Additionally, Camille Sullivan (“The Man in the High Castle”) portrays the role of Susan Ingot, the CEO of Phenotrans, the manufacturer of Zombrex, the vaccine that keeps the zombie infection at bay.
Eric Berger, GM of Crackle and EVP, Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks said: “With last year’s success of DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER, there was no question that Crackle viewers had an insatiable appetite for this popular and entertaining franchise—we can’t wait to deliver another great feature for this ‘rabid’ and loyal audience.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the next installment of the Dead Rising film series to life,” said Greg Siegel, SVP of Development and Production, Legendary Digital Media. “We see this as an ongoing franchise that will continue to thrill audiences worldwide.”
DEAD RISING: ENDGAME expands on Crackle’s evolving slate of original feature films, which includes: JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER, the first ever digital sequel to a major motion picture, starring David Spade; the international cyber spy thriller, THE THROWAWAYS, with James Caan, Kevin Dillion and Sam Huntington; and the first made for digital movie EXTRACTION, Danny Glover and Sean Astin. Crackle’s quality original programs include the network’s recently announced second one-hour long scripted drama, “StartUp,” with Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Otmara Marrero and Edi Gathegi along with “The Art of More,” starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke and Cary Elwes, a series that garnered praise from critics at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Deadline and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Additionally, Harper’s Bazaar called it the “#1 Best New Fall TV Show.” Crackle’s slate of original content also includes the stop-motion animated comedy series “SuperMansion,” with Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, Keegan Michael-Key and Jillian Bell; the weekly live game show series “Sports Jeopardy!,” hosted by Emmy® award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick; and its flagship award-winning series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” with Jerry Seinfeld.
DEAD RISING: ENDGAME is directed by Pat Williams (“Continuum”) and written by Michael Ferris (TERMINATOR SALVATION, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES) and Tim Carter (DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER, MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY). DEAD RISING: ENDGAME is presented by Legendary Digital Media and produced by Tim Carter with Tomas Harlan as the executive producer under their Contradiction Films banner. This second chapter in the DEAD RISING film series is scheduled for a summer 2016 release.
Legendary Digital Media has been very active in the digital content space of late, having produced the upcoming Fullscreen release ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL, starring YouTube phenomenons Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, and the digital film THE THINNING, a thriller starring top digital entertainer Logan Paul and Disney Channel star Peyton List. Paul and List have 30 million combined social media followers, one of the biggest social footprints of any digital film produced thus far. Legendary will distribute THE THINNING direct to consumers via digital sell-through and video on demand. The division also announced that it is partnering with StyleHaul to produce the second season of YouTube star’s Joey Graceffa’s highly acclaimed young adult supernatural series STORYTELLERS. Legendary Digital Media will continue to feed this steady stream of content with more digital films and series to be produced, acquired and distributed throughout 2016 and beyond.
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