Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks DEAD RISING Digital Series

     June 25, 2014


As the speed and ease of the internet has made consuming entertainment easier and more accessible, the production side of entertainment has also been evolving.  One of the interesting new avenues in which content is being created is the “digital series”, which combines a serialized, television approach to storytelling with the toned-down budget of internet content.  The digital series has been a swell avenue for certain kinds of material, especially adaptations of beloved properties that may have a smaller fanbase.

Steve recently sat down with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for an extended interview in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the producer discussed his digital series adaptation of the horror video game franchise Dead Rising.  Di Bonaventura said they’re looking at filmmakers now to bring the project to fruition, and spoke about his love of the series’ mix of humor and stakes.  Read on after the jump.

dead-rising-digital-seriesWith a digital series adaptation of Dead Rising in the works at Legendary Digital Media, di Bonaventura spoke about what appeals to him about the property:

“What’s great about it, I think, is it has a sense of humor and a sense of stakes.  I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, I love it, but it’s not all that funny.  And that’s what makes it work, is that attitude… What’s great about Dead Rising is I think it’s the combination of the comedy and the sort of self-awareness that it has.  There’s a sort of, I won’t say a wink because that sounds a little camp, it’s not that, it takes itself seriously but somehow combines comedy into it.”

So it certainly sounds like the producers would like to keep the tone of the Dead Rising video game series intact in this digital series incarnation.  It’s still early days, but di Bonaventura said they’re looking at filmmakers now so maybe we’ll have another Dead Rising announcement in the coming months.

Watch the portion of the interview with di Bonaventura about Dead Rising and the digital series medium in general below.

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